New book by Will Cross – Evan, Lord Tredegar, Final Affairs

“Evan, Lord Tredegar: Final Affairs

The Aftermath: The Welsh Peer Poet

& Pleasure Seeker” : By William Cross

ISBN 9781905914326

£8.00 inc p&p. UK only. Direct from the

Author or on Amazon. Limited copies

Available until end of July 2017 only

The  Highlights of the book

12- page Introduction “ The Rise and Fall of the Morgans

of  Tredegar House”

40- pages of correspondence from  National Archives

records on the proposed sale of the Tredegar  Estates,

including attempts to have the National Trust take over

the property in c1950

The Newport  District Valuers’ Report of the state of

Tredegar  House in 1950 with details of all rooms, grounds,

& history

 

The complete 12 page Catalogue for the sale of Honeywood

House, Rowhook, Dorking the last home of Evan Morgan

and his mother, Katharine, Viscountess Tredegar

 

Photographs from Honeywood House, including the prized

Chinese panels owned by Evan Morgan

 

A short tribute to Katharine, Viscountess Tredegar

 

6 -page narrative (with unique photographs ) of House parties

and guests at Tredegar House in the 1930s

 

Contact / Enquiries William Cross  williecross@aol.com

New Book – Further Letters and Prose Pieces with Anecdotes about Evan by ~Will Cross

 

 

Mann, Cathleen; Evan Frederick Morgan (1893-1949), 2nd Viscount Tredegar (2nd Creation); National Trust, Tredegar House; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/evan-frederick-morgan-18931949-2nd-viscount-tredegar-2nd-creation-156489

NEW BOOK

by

Will Cross and Hon. Evan Frederick Morgan

Synopsis of the book.

Evan, Lord Tredegar  Further Letters and Prose Pieces with Anecdotes about Evan

This second literary compilation from Evan Morgan’s biographer William
Cross offers more interesting letters and several curious prose pieces
that adds weight to those already swept into the anthology “ Evan, Lord
Tredegar, Selected Letters, Prose and Quotations: The Mystic Muse of Evan
Frederic Morgan” ISBN 978-1905914-33-3, published in 2015.
Among the letters included are those to the Welsh artist Augustus John, to
The Archbishop of Cardiff, Francis Mostyn and to Marie Stopes who was
involved with Evan and others in the campaign to try to secure a pension
for Lord ‘ Bosie’ Douglas. Other nuggets include two odd-ball letters
featuring Evan from Aldous Huxley – his friend from the tragically
insecure days spent at Lady Ottoline Morrell’s Garsington Manor during
the Great War. Here too are the letters from Evan to Frances Stevenson,
David Lloyd George’s private secretary and mistress; Frances later dubbed
Evan “ a hopeless liar and thoroughly degenerate”. The new prose pieces
include Evan’s essay on “ Youth”, his personal views of what men and
women of the 1920s would have made the ideal Prime Minister’s inner
Cabinet, and a curiously vain piece about “ This Age of Vulgarity” as
well as an equally heady essay entitled “ I Believe in the Roman Catholic
Church”. Light relief is provided with a cache of anecdotes about Evan
some true, others that need to be treated with caution.
This very limited issue is a ‘must have’ title for Evan fanciers as well as
anyone studying the past, social history and eccentric personalities of
the era of the pre – WW2 world not only amongst the privileged classes.

 Copies available by post direct from author are £7.00 including p &p UK only. The book is also on AMAZON.  Limited Issue Signed by the Author.

ISBN 10 1-905914-38-5 ISBN 13 978-1-905914-38-8
Published by William P. Cross
Book Midden Publishing
58 Sutton Road Newport Gwent
NP19 7JF United Kingdom

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A history of the family of Morgan, from the year 1089 to present times- Written in 1902 by Appleton Morgan

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With thanks to Monty Dart For this link

Written in 1902 (limited to 500 copies) by Appleton Morgan (1845-1928)

A history of the family of Morgan, from the year 1089 to present times

It was acquired by New York Public Library

Written by an American Morgan claiming to be a 27th generation of Cadifor Fawr

The reader will discover many USA Morgans hitherto unknown.

An Interactive and searchable book and can be downloaded or read on-line.

Here is a direct link.

https://archive.org/stream/historyoffamilyo00morg#page/n9/mode/2up.

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The Muses of Evan, Viscount Tredegar

Evan & Words

Lord Tredegar’s biographer, William Cross, announces a new book on Evan Frederic Morgan,

the “ fairy prince of modern times”

The new book is RRP of £8.00 + p&p

p & p UK £3.00; Europe £5.00; Other £7.50.

ALSO ON AMAZON

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tredegar-Selected-Letters-Prose-Quotations/dp/1905914334/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1439818422&sr=1-3

Otherwise orders to 58, Sutton Road, Newport, Gwent, NP 19 7JF

Web link for further information on the book:

http://tilly-losch-secrets.yolasite.com/evan-morgan-lord–tredegar–letters-poetry–prose.php

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NEW BOOK BY WILL CROSS – LOIS INA STURT

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Lois Sturt, Wild Child : A Glance at Hon. Lois Ina Sturt, Viscountess Tredegar

New Book By William Cross : Now Available £8.00 Post Free UK

From the age of the flapper, with vivid yarns of those Bright Young Things comes the poignant tale of British high society wild child, the Honourable Lois Ina Sturt, a dazzling, single minded,one-off personality who was dead by the age of 37. Sibling of the enigmatic, hedonistic peer Lord ‘Naps’ Alington, the family pile was the magical Crichel Estate in Dorset. The blond, tubercular Naps was matched only in devil may care attitude by his younger sister Lois, a delectable, quixotic creature,an accomplished actress and dancer, a clever painter who studied at the Slade School of Art and had her own art studio in Chelsea. She also became a successful race horse owner and breeder of Great Danes. But Lois’ story is largely untold. She was deemed “fast” and “high-spirited”: Lois wanted to knock the stuffing out of convention and achieved this by engaging in several long love affairs, generally with older, married men. She was for four years the lover of the much older Reggie Herbert, 15th Earl of Pembroke, and an intimate around the string of unapproved-of good-time girls chasing Prince George, the ill-fated Duke of Kent. In 1928 Lois entered into an arranged, madcap marriage de convenance with the homosexual Hon. Evan Frederic Morgan, heir to the Viscount Tredegar and died suddenly in Budapest in 1937, a victim of long years of alcohol abuse and insane slimming treatments. Author of previous titles on several forgotten Society figures of the 1920s and 1930s, William Cross presents all the humorous anecdotes, coupled with fascinating, yet often sad facts on the boisterous life and times of Evan Morgan’s first wife Lois, Viscountess Tredegar. Incredibly, Lois may boast a blood connection to the current heir to the British throne. ISBN 10 1-905914-31-8 and ISBN 13 978-1-905914-31-9

Published by William P. Cross through Book Midden Publishing 58 Sutton Road, Newport, Gwent NP19 7JF, United Kingdom   £8.00 Post Free UK until 31 December 2014

OVERSEAS ORDERS PLEASE USE AMAZON Cheques/ POs payable to “ William Cross”

 williecross@virginmedia.com

 A new book from William Cross, FSA Scot on Lois Sturt, actress, painter and first wife of Evan Morgan, later Viscount Tredegar. Lois died in Budapest in 1937, aged 37. She was one of the brightest of the Bright Young Things, but doomed because of her quest for fun and high living. Lois was Viscountess Tredegar from 1934 -1937.

A link to article from The Daily Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/art/62799/ambrose-mcevoy-portrait-of-lois-sturt-exceeds-estimate-at-dreweatts-saleroom.html

FOLLOW BLOG ON LOIS STURT

 http://lois-sturt.blogspot.co.uk/

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Lois by Tony Wysard (1907-1984) Caricaturist & Fashion Editor

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LOIS COVER FOR FOTH

 

 

 

 

Evan Frederic Morgan: Viscount Tredegar : The Final Affairs : Financial and Carnal. by Will Cross

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Newport Author William Cross

Evan Frederic Morgan: Viscount Tredegar :

The Final Affairs : Financial and Carnal.

Available Now

Click on the link below, which has the synopsis of the book

http://screwpacketplaywrights.yolasite.com/Evan-Viscount-Tredegar-The-Final-Affairs.php

Any enquiries, please e-mail Will Cross

williecross@virginmedia.com

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Newport ˜Screwpacket Playwrights”

The Forgotten :

A Chartist Musical, which can be seen at the Riverfront Theatre
On 19th and 20th November
And other South Wales venues :
Llandogo Millennium Hall ( 22nd November )
Chepstows Drill Hall ( 27th November)
Savoy Theatre, Monmouth ( 5th December)

Latest New Book From William Cross : Now Available – The Abergavenny Witch Hunt

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Latest New Book From William Cross : Now Available

Scandal from South Wales in the Second World War

The Abergavenny Witch Hunt

An account of the prosecution of over twenty homosexuals in a small Welsh town in 1942

The book will feature in the Abergavenny Chronicle

All profits from the book go to an Abergavenny Charity in memory of Lewis Matthews of Abergavenny, a promising nine-teen-year old who committed suicide by throwing himself under a train in 1942.

The details of the book are below

The book can also be purchased from the Abergavenny Book Shop ( Brian Hughes ) Cross Street,
Abergavenny,

Directly from the Author £12.00 including UK postage and packing

On Amazon ( slightly higher priced ).

Review Copies Available for press, bloggers ( who review books) etc etc

ISBN 10 1-905914-22-9 and ISBN 13 978-1-905914-22-7

Published by William P. Cross through Book Midden Publishing

58 Sutton Road, Newport, Gwent, NP19 7JF

United Kingdom

Normal Listed Price £12.00 UK ONLY + Postage and Packing

Cheques/ PO made payable to William Cross

58, Sutton Road, Newport, Gwent, NP19 7JF

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In 1942, the Welsh town of Abergavenny was scandalised by disclosures after the arrest of over twenty youths and men on charges relating to homosexual activity and corrupting boys. George Rowe, the 40-year-old manager of Abergavennys Coliseum cinema was at the centre of a Police enquiry after one of the page-boys complained about being molested. The boys complaint turned into a witch-hunt of  homosexuals across Britain revealing a oddball mix of abused and abusers; a farmer, a clerk, two chefs, a fireman, several serving soldiers, a hairdresser, an actor and others were arrested and brought back to Abergavenny, where almost all the offences were committed.

 

Before the case reached a Judge at Monmouthshire Assizes, three men attempted suicide, one young man succeeded in taking his own life. In the years that followed rumours persisted that several people had got away scot-free, including one notable public figure. Others went on the run to escape capture and disgrace, since all homosexuality was illegal in Britain until the changes started by the Sexual Offences Act, 1967.

 

William Cross the biographer of Almina, Countess of Carnarvon, and of salacious tales about the Morgans of Tredegar House, Newport, South Wales, is no stranger to controversial histories. Cross examines the facts in the Abergavenny case and sets out details from contemporary newspapers including closed files at National Archives, now released under the Freedom of Information Act. Here for the first time is the unvarnished truth, the background, the preliminary proceedings, the trial and the aftermath of a grisly, but sad tale from Abergavennys’ past that some would prefer to see buried forever.

 

 

Two New History Books with Morgan Connections

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A NEW BOOK November 2013

The Williams Family of Maesruddud House (now known as Maes Manor Hotel) Blackwood

This book traces the history of the Williams family who by a, system of purchasing, inheriting and probably the most important method, marrying, over a period of nearly 400 hundred years assembled an estate of at least 23 farms in the old parishes of Bedwellty and Gelligaer. In the early 1800s the family fortunes greatly increased because of the coal that lay beneath their lands, furthermore some towns were built on their farm land. The town of Pontlottyn in the Rhymney Valley was virtually built solely on Maesruddud estate land. One of the sons of Maesruddud became one time vicar of Undy ,near Newport. His son EDMUND KEYNTON WILLIAMS went to Oxford with the intention of also taking Holy Orders, but he entered the army and had a distinguished career, finally, as Sir Edmund Keynton Williams, he concluded his military career as General of the Central Division of the Madras Army, East India. He was made a Freeman of the Borough of Newport in 1816. But, back at Maesruddud, the family fortunes increased and in 1894 the old, but substantial, farmhouse was replaced by the present day building. The house was built by Edmund Davies Williams who died in 1895, his estate was valued as the equivalent to £4.5 million in today’s money. In his funeral report it was said that his nephew, Edmund Williams Tom Llewellyn Brewer of Dan y  Graig House near Christchurch, Newport was the next male heir to the Maesruddud estate; in 1907,by Royal license, he was allowed to take the additional surname of Williams. The photographs below are, left to right, Maes Manor hotel, and E.W.T. Llewellyn Brewer-Williams in his uniform as a Deputy Lieutenant (of Monmouthshire) outside the Great Castle House, Monmouth.

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Mr Brewer-Williams was called to the Bar (The Inner Temple) in 1894, but he never practised as a Barrister. He did not need to work because of his fairly substantial income from the Maesrudud estate. Instead he maintained a flat above a jeweller’s shop in Vigo Street (which is just off Regent Street) London. He had an “arrangent” with Willie Bertolle, the jeweller; Brewer-Williams had the cash and Bertolle the expertise and reputation as a jeweller. Bertolle had in fact made Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubille bracelet; he supplied,in 1923, the Queen mother’s engagement ring. In 1947 he gave the remains of the nugget of Welsh gold, which had been used to make Royal weding rings, to the present Queen Elizabeth II when she married the Duke of Edinburgh. Brewer-Williams and Bertolle had a very comfortable life style, they travelled around the world together.

In 1909 Mr Brewer-Williams married a very young widow by the name of Etienne Dunbar, she was age 30 and had a daughter who regrettably spent most of her adult life in care because of mental health issues. In the 1930s Mr & Mrs Brewer-Williams loaned many paintings, items of furniture and porcelain to the Newport Museum. Following the death of Mr Brewer-Williams in 1945 the loan was converted to a donation, there are now nearly 1000 items held at the museum which form the Brewer-Williams collection. Foremost amongst the collection is a leather bound book containing sketches by Turner.

Mr Brewer-Williams  bequeathed the estate to his wife, but there is a distinct possibility that he had an amount of jewellery stashed away in London. Etienne, died in 1960, by then she had moved out of Maesruddud House. She set up a trust for the lifetime of her daughter, and upon her death the trust went absolutely to Dr Barnado’s charity.

Thank you Newport Museum for your invaluable assistance

THE BOOK, 199 pages, is available from the author, David Mills for  £8.50 plus postage of £1.50

Contact david.mills1947@hotmail.co.uk or tel. 02921401684 or 07816604234

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A New Book

THE HISTORY OF THE TREDEGAR MINERAL ESTATE.

Whilst researching the history of the South Wales Iron and Coal industries with a view to writing a local history of the village of Aberbargoed, a village in the Rhymney Valley and its roots, including Pontaberbargoed, a chance visit to Tredegar library in 2011 and a meeting with Janet Carn the librarian, turned up a set of old books named “The history of the Development of the Tredegar Mineral Estate”, a narrative written by J. Hopkins Thomas in 1933/34. Mrs Carn referred to them as “The Skip books”.

Further enquiries revealed that the books, along with other materials, had been thrown into a skip in Mynydd Y Garreg, near Llanelli, in 2002, after the death of the owner of a house in that village.

Fortunately, the books were discovered before they could be dumped and were sent for safekeeping to Tredegar library where they remained until Mrs Carn brought them out for inspection.

 At the time, some notes were taken but it soon became apparent that the information contained in the books was virtually unique as it did not appear in any other local history book. From then on, several visits to the library over a two year period with a camera meant the every page was copied one by one and transcribed into “Word” documents. It was in the summer of 2013 that I sought permission from Janet to publish  a new book based on the old narratives. This was granted and the book appeared in early October 2013.

This first book, called “The History of the Tredegar Mineral Estate” covers a large number of leases granted by Sir Charles Morgan and his son Charles Morgan Robinson Morgan to a variety of coal owners and prospectors in Monmouthshire and Brecknockshire from the early 1820’s up until 1934. It also describes in detail, the negotiations and wrangling that led to the granting of the leases. The second book, which has not yet been published, will be named “The History of the Tredegar Mineral Estate in Glamorganshire”. The publishing date has not yet been set. It will, however, follow the original narrative very closely with some additions based on information that was not available at the time of writing in the same way that book 1 was produced.

The book is available by post from the Publisher, Park Mile Publications, details 01443 822649, from the Author,(email gw0giq@hotmail.com), from the Winding house at New Tredegar and on Amazon. It is priced at £10-95 plus £2-80 postage.

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Aspects of Evan: The Last Viscount Tredegar

Aspects of Evan: The Last Viscount Tredegar

A New Book >From Monty Dart and William Cross

With a full transcript of Evan’s Court Martial for offences against the Official Secrets Acts

 

About The Book

 

Morgan, poet, artist, and escapist, the last Viscount Tredegar shocked his way through 

Eton, Oxford, Rome, North Africa, Bali, Canada and America.

The Bright Young Things of London’s Café Royal Society toasted him in aphorisms.

Ogling dowagers indulged him

Whilst his straight-laced  ‘hunting, shooting and fishing’ family was shaken by his escapades.

In the Great War he dodged rat-infested trenches on account of a weak chest.

Claiming he was renouncing pleasure and his birth right,

He turned to mysticism and Roman Catholicism, studying at Beda College, Rome,

Whilst acting as a Papal Chamberlain at the Vatican.

In WW2 he was working at Wing House, in the Special Section Carrier Pigeon Service.

An incautious comment in front of two visitors from the Girl Guide movement

They were at Wing House as part of a  publicity campaign for the Guides lead to his downfall.

The irony is, that Evan, who claimed a special affinity to birds,

Should be brought down to earth by a carrier pigeon!

This book will amuse and inform ‘Evanites’

With nearly 500 footnotes for scholars who wish to follow up his erratic but fascinating life.

An Extract from ‘Aspects of Evan’ : An Eccentric and a Fantasist

 

Evan Morgan was one of the Bright Young People. In the years between the two world wars of the last century he rejoiced in being a part of that irreverent faction of well-off, immoral pleasure seekers who sought unlimited thrills, with little care for the consequences of their own actions.  Stephen Fry’s film Bright Young Things  captures the high spirits and high jinxes of the toffs, like Evan, with nothing better to do with their lives than to indulge themselves and each other. Evan is seen by one historian as just an “onlooker”  ,  but he  cherished being  dubbed by another scribe  “ a leader and inspiration of the Bright Young People.”  He was always on “bowing terms”  with all the “fatuous, smirking male-flowers”  of that “gin-soaked, jazz-syncopated, frivolous time.” Evan surely remains one of the fabulous aristocratic eccentrics of that bygone age of the hedonistic 1920s and 1930s, when he was best known as the Hon. Evan Morgan or Evan Tredegar.  His own creation, he was a seemingly unstoppable fantasist whose antics are captured in anecdotes, references and footnotes in a galaxy of memoirs and diaries of his often more acclaimed and better achieved contemporaries.

 

http://evan-morgan-last-viscount-tredegar.yolasite.com/

Aspects of Evan published on 10 December 2012

Book Midden Publishing – ISBN 10  1-90591415-6/ISBN 13  978-1-905914-15-9

For further information contact William Cross, by e-mail

williecross@virginmedia.com

For anyone who desires a novel-size glimpse of  the incomparable Evan, he is caricatured in several books, for instance in comical terms as Ivor Lombard in Aldous Huxley’s Crome Yellow and more extraordinarily and farcically as the Hon. Eddy Monteith in Ronald Firbank’s satire The Flower Beneath the Foot.

This link will guide you to the digital book, which you can read on line or download.

http://archive.org/details/flowerbeneathfoo00firbuoft

A Beautiful Nuisance The Hon. Gwyneth Ericka Morgan

A Beautiful Nuisance

The Life and Death of Hon. Gwyneth Ericka Morgan 

By Monty Dart and William Cross

Tribute to Hon Gwyneth Ericka Morgan only daughter of

Courtenay Charles Evan Morgan 1867-1934  and Katharine Agnes Blanche Carnegie 1867-1949

 

Strong characters have imperfections: they can never compromise. Gwyneth Morgan could never compromise. The shadow of chaos threatened her from birth.

Beautiful, wealthy, witty, but unbalanced, her family was popular only because they were rich and had close links to the British Royal Family.

Gwyneth was the daughter of a Welsh coal baron; her mother was from an old aristocratic Scottish family. Launched as a stunning debutante Gwyneth enjoyed but more endured the rituals of the London and Highland Society in the years before and after the First World War.

She had an unconventional streak, earning a reputation as a bohemian.

Struck down by ill-health from the excesses of high living and travel, she was caught up with dangerous people of whom her family disapproved. With increasing concern Gwyneth was forced to spend her last years as a virtual prisoner moving between locations. Under medical supervision from a Society doctor, the harsh regime imposed became unbearable. She disappeared into a London fog in 1924; her badly decomposed body was pulled from the River Thames 5 months later. Where did she go? What happened? How did she die? This book explains why Gwyneth (once dubbed “a beautiful nuisance”) was airbrushed from history.

The life and death of Gwyneth Ericka Morgan” is full of surprises – the tale of a rich girl who may have paid the ultimate price to maintain her family’s coveted place in High Society.

ISBN 10 1-905914-10-5

ISBN 13 978-1-905914-10-4

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE E-MAIL WILLIAM CROSS – NOW ON SALE

williecross@virginmedia.com

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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