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.

A painting of Violet Mundy on horseback beside her father

In her shoes: walking in the footsteps of the women of Tredegar House 

As part of Tredegar House; a Herstory we’re exploring the lives of two women who made Tredegar House their home in the early 20th century.

Upcoming events

Cotyledon Food and Craft Market

Sat 17 Nov 2018
10:30-16:00
Enjoy a range of local craft and food stalls in the Brewhouse Courtyard in the run up to Christmas.

Meet Father Christmas at Tredegar House

Sat 24 Nov 2018
10:30-11:00
Father Christmas will be stopping over in the stables at Tredegar House this year as he makes preparations for his busiest night of the year.

Christmas market

Sat 24 Nov 2018
10:30-16:00
Pop into our small but carefully curated market to browse a selection of local foods and crafts just in time for Christmas.

Christmas Traditions at Tredegar House

Sat 24 Nov 2018
10:30-16:00
Join us this winter as we deck out Tredegar House with lavish traditional decorations and get you in the festive spirit in time for Christmas.

Guided Christmas visits

Wed 28 Nov 2018
12:00-13:00
For those looking to experience a traditional Christmas at Tredegar House during the week, our guided visits are the one for you.

Yuletide Tours

Fri 07 Dec 2018
18:00-19:30
Our Yuletide Tours are perfect for those wishing to see Tredegar House dressed in all its Christmas finery while escaping the hustle and bustle of the weekend.