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The Bankruptcy of the Sudeleys at Gregynog towards the End of the Nineteenth Century

Readers may know that Gregynog, the manor house near Newtown left by the two Davies sisters to the University of Wales, belonged for exactly one hundred years, from 1795 till 1895, to my old English family the Tracys, later Hanbury-Tracys and created Lords Sudeley at Queen Victoria’s Coronation. We inherited Gregynog from our Welsh cousins and patrons of the old Welsh bards, the Blayneys, who had been there since the fteenth century. The Carved Parlour at Gregynog records the illustrious descent of the Blayneys from early Welsh royalty.1

The present Librarian at Gregynog, Mary Oldham, felt that compared to the Blayney period and the period of the two Davies sisters who made Gregynog so justly famous between the two wars, the Sudeleys have been overlooked. To repair that omission, she wrote an admirable piece for the Journal of Newtown’s Local History Group, The Newtonian, and here is my sequel to her endeavour.2

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