Letter from Courtney Morgan requesting funds for YMCA Wales

YMCA logo

The Morgan family were keen supporters of local initiatives for the youth of Newport. In 1919 Godfrey Morgan had offered land to the YMCA in Bassaleg for use as a sports filed, and the Tredegar Estate Office had made arrangements with the YMCA to purchase a suitable war surplice hut for a pavilion. In his book ‘The History and Diary of the Newport YMCA. 1869 to 1990’, (ISBN 0 907143 16 4), Ernest J.Bakewell, available from Newport Reference Library, he reflects on the work of the YMCA. In this letter written by Courtenay Morgan, Lord Tredegar – Courtenay is appealing for funds for the organisation. 

YMCA letter

Godfrey Morgan, Viscount Tredegar Opening the Transporter Bridge


Here is a photograph of Godfrey Morgan, Viscount Tredegar on the opening day September 12th 1906. When the big day arrived, the rain was relentless, as you can see in the photograph, everyone has an umbrella.







From Monty Dart the archivist for the Friends of Tredegar House.

 Recently I received an intriguing email from America

 ‘I am the current Historian for the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology’s (SDSMT) American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) chapter.  Our chapter recently acquired what appears to be a cigar cutter from the Newport Transporter Bridge.  An alumni of SDSMT bought this cigar cutter at an antiques store and had it on his mantle for several years.  In 2007 he donated it to SDSMT.  He recently sent us a letter and was wondering if we still had it.  We found it.  The alumni would like us to get it to someone who will appreciate it, hopefully its rightful owner.’

 Attached was a photograph of a magnificent silver cigar cutter with a request to know more about the Transporter Bridge, Godfrey Morgan and Tredegar House. I was pleased to send the American Society of Engineers a film about Tredegar House and coincidently, as I am also the archivist for The Friends of Newport Transporter Bridge I could send details about the Bridge and the Opening Day.  This is where the cigar cutter comes in, it was presented to Godfrey as a memento of the opening of the Transporter Bridge by the Contractors – Alfred Thorne Ltd. This newspaper article mentions it as a ‘silver controller’. It was so called because the little handle that opened the cutter is an exact replica of the handle Godfrey used to start the Transporter Bridge!

 Just a week after our initial correspondence by email I received a surprise parcel from America. Our generous friends from South Dakota had sent the unique artefact, a real piece of Newport history.  I have accepted it ‘on behalf of the people of Newport’ and the Friends are discussing where best it could be displayed.


This animation of both the cigar cutter and the Transporter Bridge in action

was made by Tom Dart for the FOTH website.



Link to Mary Courtney MBE 101st Birthday and Presentation

of Cigar Cutter to the Mayor(click here)

If you would like to know more about the Transporter Bridge visit  via the link  in Sites of Interest













So many people ask about the Morgan Genealogy

Tredegar House Emblem

There is a scroll on show within the house

Showing The Morgan Genealogy Up to Evan Morgan,

Please watch the film below made by Tom Dart for a look at the scroll and where to purchase it

Evan Morgan

Evan Morgan, (July 13th  1893 – April 27th  1949) was known for his love of the Arts.

His paintings were exhibited at the Paris Salon and he was a keen poet, though it is fair to say that keen doesn’t necessarily mean talented!

He published a number of volumes of poetry – Fragments , 1916 ; Gold and Ochre , 1917 ; Psyche: an Unfinished Fragment , 1920 ; and A sequence of Seven Sonnets , 1920 At Dawn, Poems Profane and Religious , 1924 ; The Eel and other Poems , 1926 ; The City of Canals and other Poems , 1929.

 His poem ‘In Pace’ (In Peace) was dedicated to his sister Gwyneth. She died in mysterious circumstances – her body was found in the River Thames in 1924. Does the poem hold the mystery of Gwyneth’s fall from grace? A woman referred to in the poem as ‘That super-Cyprian, coarse-souled Sybarite, whose gross and vulgar hand struck at our joy’ was certainly held by Evan to blame for Gwyneth’s fate.

Evan was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature , In 1936 he established the Tredegar Lecture for the Society in memory of his father, Courtenay Morgan and he delivered the inaugural lecture. His subject ‘ John Donne – whom he described as ‘person of mystery, poet, lover theologian and mystic’.  He also addressed Foyles Literary Luncheons.

Evan’s poetry books for sale (many of his books were limited editions) can be found on such internet sites as Bookfinder UK or peruse some of his poems  free via these internet links.




A Toast For Lord Tredegar by William Downing Evans

House photo

William Downing Evans was born in Caerleon Monmouthshire in 1811. He had moved to Newport by 1837 and lived there until his death in 1897. In 1837 he was appointed Registrar of Births and Deaths for Newport and Deputy Clerk of the Board of Newport Poor Law Guardians – both positions being unpaid at that time.

In 1845 he made a clear case for the importance of implementing a proper policy on public health.
William was well known in his time as a poet, composer and painter going under his Bardic name of ‘Leon’. Read the book published by the South Wales Record Society: www.southwalesrecordsociety.co.uk


With thanks to Benjamin Robert Tubb, Finale Music Engraver

Owner of Public Domain Music,
Email: brtubb@pdmusic.org,
Website: www.pdmusic.org’
For permission.



Link to Ifor Hael and connections to the Morgans of Tredegar House

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