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.


Wightwick Manor

Wightwick Bank, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV6 8EE

01902 761400

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Opening times

Garden, Gallery and tea-room daily, 10:30-5pm (last admission 4pm). Shop open from 11am. House Mon, Wed – Sun, 12noon – 5pm (last admission 4pm) Also open Tue Jul –​ Aug.
site closes 1 hour earlier Nov-March.
A reduced number of rooms will be open Jan to March and from 27 Dec. Whole site Closed 25 – 26 Dec

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