Tredegar House; a Herstory

Olga Dolgorouky, the Russian Princess turned war-time nurse.

As part of the National Trust’s Women and Power celebrations, this year we will be readdressing the balance of the stories we tell at Tredegar House and shining a light on the women who have shaped our history.

With more than 500 years of history, Tredegar House has been passed down through generations of Morgan men for much of the Modern Age. This lineage has been well documented, along with the tales of William’s ambitions for the estate and Godfrey’s heroics in the Crimea War to Evan’s menagerie of exotic animals.  

But this is only half the story…

Not so well documented are the exploits of the women who lived and worked on the estate, many of whom were integral to the prosperity of the Morgan family as their influence and power in South Wales grew and grew. 

Many of the women would bring large dowries to their marriages, allowing the Morgan dynasty to grow and thrive.

One fought in the courts for her daughter’s right to inherit the estate itself, while another moved all the way from Russia and volunteered as a nurse during World War II, becoming a firm favourite with estate workers and the wider community alike. 

Maud Williams and Alice Stanbridge, Housekeeper and Maid at Tredegar House.
Maud Williams and Alice Stanbridge, Housekeeper and Maid at Tredegar House.
Maud Williams and Alice Stanbridge, Housekeeper and Maid at Tredegar House.

Sadly, we may never know all the answers to our questions about their lives. The further we go back in our history, the more difficult it gets to piece together the lives of the women who have made Tredegar House their home.

However, by following in their footsteps as you journey through the house, you can get a glimpse into their past and imagine how they spent their days here. 

We’re looking forward to sharing those tales previously kept quiet to make sure this group of influencers, pioneers and dedicated women in service are recognised in our time, even if they weren’t recognised in theirs.

Lois Sturt, Evan Morgan's first wife

Women and Power

Learn more about the National Trust’s Women and Power programme.

Upcoming events

Explorer Backpacks

Tue 17 Jul 2018
10:30-16:00
Get closer to nature with our handy one-stop shop for young explorers.

Clwb Clonc

Thu 19 Jul 2018
10:00-11:00
We'll be joined by Coleg Gwent every Thursday during term time for a coffee and a cake and a chance to practice your Cymraeg.

Gardener's High Tea

Thu 19 Jul 2018
16:30-20:00
Make the most of the late summer evenings with a tour of the walled gardens with Head Gardener Steve Morgan followed by a Lavender High Tea in the Orangery.

Conservation in Action

Wed 01 Aug 2018
12:00-15:00
Curious about how we look after this house and its collection? Find out what it takes to look after this special place; talk to our conservation team about the work they do and see them in action in their workroom within the house.

Kayaking on the lake

Sat 25 Aug 2018
10:00-17:00
Head out on our beautiful lake for a kayaking session this Bank Holiday weekend. In partnership with Channel Kayaks, we're helping you to see Tredegar House from a unique perspective.

Cotyledon Food and Craft Market

Sat 01 Sep 2018
10:30-16:00
Enjoy a range of local craft and food stalls in the Brewhouse Courtyard in the run up to Christmas.