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OK its the Morris family and not Lewis and I am now trying to find out about them. Well again, not a very unusual name but maybe a bit more unusual than Lewis.

 

Trawling through the internet I have found various references to Morris.

1. There was  one living at Higga Farm in 1901 and this reference gives some interesting background on Trellech http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~familyalbum/krelleck.htm

Part of what it says is here, not so relevant to the Morris family, but nonetheless of interest, I think

Trelleck was anciently a place of great importance, and is supposed to have been the site of a large town: it is situated on the summit of a hill, and derives its Dame of Trelleck, “the town of stones,” from three stone monoliths which stand in a small field. Tradition states that they were erected by Harold in commemoration of a victory over the Britons: they are respectively eight, ten and fifteen feet high, but now incline to the east and west.

The whole of this district was formerly a dense forest, and it is probable that these stones are relics of Druidism, and that the spot whereon they stand was included within the precincts of a consecrated grove. In the vicinity of these stones is a celebrated chalybeate spring, called “The Virtuous Well.”

In the village at the back of the Court farm house is a tumulus, 450 feet in diameter, supposed to be of Roman origin, encircled by a moat, and it was subsequently the site of some fortified building.

The scenery is wildly romantic. Cleddon Hall, the seat of Arthur Godfrey Burchardt-Ashton esq. is a mansion in the Elizabethan style situated in a well-wooded park at over 60 acres.

In the list of notables  it has  David Morris

Lewis Thomas, farmer, Cae-garrw farm
Lewis Thomas, farmer, New house
Luff Jane (Mrs.), farmer, Whitelye
Morris David, farmer, Higga farm
Pick Alfred, farmer, Upper Cae-garrw
Pick Joseph, farmer, Lloysea
Preece Thomas, farmer, Beacon lodge
Roberts Albert, grocer

An earlier reference is to one Valentine Morris who designed walks along the Wye valley.Vallentine Morris

Also important to the picturesque notion of landscape were planned leisure walks; these became popular from the late eighteenth century onwards at Piercefield and throughout the Lower Wye Valley. Valentine Morris the Younger designed and laid out an extensive series of walks through the area and viewing points along the cliff top for the benefit of friends and visitors to the woods between 1752 and 1772, with the assistance of Richard Owen Cambridge. One famous tourist to the area was Samuel Coleridge who described the views at Piercefield as ‘a godly scene’ (unknown date); these walks lie along the western banks of the River Wye linking Piercefield to Chepstow and a point approximately three miles south of Tintern and were designed by Morris to be tackled on a north to south route. The gardens and walks at Piercefield are some of the earliest examples of this type of picturesque landscaping, or as Gilpin (1782) considered Romantic.

This reference is taken from

http://www.ggat.org.uk/cadw/historic_landscape/wye_valley/english/wyevalley_features.htm

Finally for this blog we have this from an article entitled ….. ‘The Morris family of Tintern and Piercefield and it is published in Data Wales.

http://www.data-wales.co.uk/morris.htm

 

Just as fortune seemed to smile on him, disaster struck. The French took St. Vincent and Valentine had spent so much on its defences that he was now reduced to poverty. He returned to London and died in 1789, before the British Government were able to resolve the question of his financial redress, and after spending nine years in a debtor’s prison.

So it strikes me that Valentine Morris could not have been the chap who used Napoleonic PoWs to build the walls as the Napoleonic prisoners were here between 1803 and 1814. Could it have been a descendant of Valentine? As there are several Morris names in the 1841 census, two families, one called James Morris aged 55 and living at Whitebrook and another called Henry Morris aged 50 living at Lorsey, Trellech  these could be descendats from Vallentine., who is obviously the person Mack was telling me about.

 

 

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