This grand estate, just off the Newport- Cardiff Road, was for centuries home to the wealthy Morgan family, who died out in the mid 20th century, and the estate is now owned by Newport Council – so is the ultimate council house – and managed by the estimable National Trust. It is a huge place, dating from the 16th and 127th centuries.
This one was too big to fit in my camera.
This is the roof of half the stables
The science fantasy show is filmed in Cardiff, so it is hard to find anywhere that has not been a film set, but this is the first dalek I have found, no idea why the hobby horse – its minder?
This is the bathroom of the last of the Morgans. Of course one cannot have a bath without a cocktail!
The bell corridor. Each bell sounded different, so the servants knew who was being summoned, and they would keep moving so they could see.
The first phone in wales.
The housekeeper’s study – her bedroom was upstairs. she was second only to the mistress of the house, and had the keys for the spice cupboard in this room.
The pump in the Tudor courtyard. The spring is the reason the house is here.
This is in the pastry room, but nobody knows what it is or what it was used for. I think the marble bowl was used for mixing some types of pastry, as it had to be cold.
Something for the kids – a recycled tyre in the ornamental garden.