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Tredegar House: Evan Morgan, Lord Tredegar's House Guests 1934-1938

“Tredegar House : Weekend Parties, Frolics and Fun” : “Evan Morgan, Lord Tredegar's
House Guests 1934-1938. Based on a new book by William Cross, FSA Scot


In the years 1934 - 1949 Evan Morgan Viscount Tredegar held court at his Welsh mansion, Tredegar House, an impressive 17th century red brick building set in 100 acres of parkland near Newport.

Invitations to Evan's country house weekends were highly prized. But how many house guests passed through the gates of Tredegar House in the Evan years? Who actually stayed there and when? What of the legends of Evan's séances, outrageous parlour game of charades, riotous drinking and orgies to compare with Caligula's Rome? What is the truth, and what are the myths about these crazy weekends?

In this book William Cross, author of previous Morgan books reveals the identity of the scores of people who were Evan's guests. Here are the good, bad and the downright disgraceful whom Evan brought together under one roof. The historical icons of the era, male prostitutes, spivs, spies, and traitors as well as a sizable collection of stage and literary figures, politicians, Catholic luminaries and Evan's relatives including his Royal cousins. Evan was a generous host, an excessive party giver, a man whose wealth in theory could support his foibles for pleasure seeking, for indulging in a complex homosexual life style, having footmen wear powdered wigs, and running a large zoo in the Estate grounds comprising wild and exotic birds and animals. But beneath the surface of fun, folly and farce it was a dynasty in decay, the Morgan coffers were crumbling fast under the burden of death duties, heavy taxation and the changing attitude in Society to service and employment on the landed estates. Evan was also a sick man crippled with poor health, moreover he ploughed a dangerous furrow especially during the war years and was subject to surveillance from on high.”


Speaker(s):

Mr William Cross | talks | www

 

Date and Time:

7 November 2019 at 1:00 am

Duration:

2 hours

 

Venue:

Newport U3A
Shaftsbury Methodist Church
Shaftsbury Street
Newport
NP20 5JH

http://www.newportu3a.org.uk/
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William Cross, FSA Scot is the author of several books on Evan Morgan, Viscount Tredegar and other members of the Morgan family The book on the talk is “Evan Morgan, Lord Tredegar's House Guests 1934-1938." Compiled by William Cross. ISBN 9781905914531. ( 2019)

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