DiCamillo Companion
England

Wightwick Manor

  • Built / Designed For: Mander family

    House & Family History: A manufacturer's manor house, Wightwick harkens back to the Tudor period, yet was designed by Edward Ould of Liverpool in two phases: the first was completed in 1887, while the second occurred in 1893, when the House was extended with the Great Parlour Wing. Ould's clients were the Mander family, paint manufacturers who had risen from Yeoman farmer origins to industrial merchant princes in Wolverhampton and its environs. The highly picturesque house that they created has timbered gables sailing above hard Ruabon brick walls and windows by Kempe. It was transformed into one of the best-surviving examples of a house built and furnished under the influence of the Arts & Crafts Movement as a result of the collecting ambitions of Sir Geoffrey and Lady Mander, who owned Wightwick in the early 20th century. It was they who presented the House to the National Trust. (We are most grateful to Gareth Williams for this history of Wightwick.)

    Collections: Wightwick has original wallpapers and furnishings by William Morris and impressive collections of art by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Sir Edward Burne-Jones, William de Morgan, and other Pre-Raphaelite artists.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: Wightwick has a superb 17-acre Edwardian garden designed by Alfred Parsons and Thomas Mawson, internationally renowned garden designers, and a newly-reinstalled Kitchen Garden.

  • Architect: Alfred Parsons, RA

    Date: Victorian/Edwardian
    Designed: Advised on the layout of the gardens

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    Architect: Thomas Hayton Mawson

    Date: Victorian/Edwardian
    Designed: 17-acre garden

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    Architect: Grayson & Ould

    Date: 1887
    Designed: House

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  • Country Life: CXXXIII, 1242, 1316, 1963.

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • "Flog It!" (2006 - BBC TV documentary series, episode "Wolverhampton," segment on the Manor's Pre-Raphaelite paintings).
  • Past Seat of: Sir Geoffrey Le Mesurier Mander, early 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: The National Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01902-761-400

    Fax: 01902-764-663

    Email: wightwickmanor@nationaltrust.org.uk

    Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No