Wightwick Manor

In 1937 local paint manufacturer and liberal MP Geoffrey Mander did something remarkable - he persuaded the National Trust to accept a house that was just 50 years old.

The timber-frame manor had been left to him by his father Theodore who – inspired by lecture on 'the House Beautiful' by Oscar Wilde – had decorated its interiors with original wallpapers and fabrics by William Morris and his Arts & Crafts contemporaries.

Wightwick had fallen out of style by the 1930s, yet was such a perfect example of the Aesthetic movement that Mander convinced the Trust it was worthy of preservation. He and his second wife Rosalie became its live-in curators, opening the house to the public and adding to its contents. Most notable is the collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings by Rossetti and Burne-Jones, as well as examples of Kempe glass and De Morgan ceramics.

The Grade II listed Arts & Crafts garden, designed by Thomas Mawson, reflects the style and character of the house.


Art we've helped buy at Wightwick Manor

Venue details

Wightwick Manor Wightwick Bank, Wolverhampton West Midlands WV6 8EE 01902 761400 www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £10.30)

Garden, shop and tea-room
Daily, 11am – 5pm (last admission 4pm)

House
Mon, Wed – Sun, 12noon – 5pm (last admission 4pm)
Also open Tue Jul –​ Aug
A reduced number of rooms will be open Jan to mid-Feb and from 27 Dec

Closed 25 – 26 Dec