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Wightwick Manor  England 
WIT-ick
Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England

Started 1887
Completed 1893

Status: Fully Extant

Special Info / Location/ Date

Special Info
Phonetic Pronunciation of House Name
WIT-ick

Location
Country
England
District Today
West Midlands
 Historic County
Warwickshire, Staffordshire
 City / Town / Village
Wolverhampton
 Latitude
52.5834
 Longitude
-2.1944

Date
Start Date
1887
Completion Date
1893
Circa Date
Images

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Architects

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

Designed   17-acre garden
Date   Victorian/Edwardian

Designed   House
Date   1887

Extant / Listed / References

Extant
Extant Type
Fully Extant
Extant Details

Listed
House Listed As 
Grade I
Gardens Listed As  
Grade II
Country House:  No
Villa

References
Vitruvius Britannicus
Vitruvius Scoticus
J.B. Burke (Burke's Visitation of Seats)
Country Life
CXXXIII, 1242, 1316, 1963.
J.P. Neale (Neale's Views of Seats)
Access / Ownership / Seat

Access
Open to Public Please note: Houses listed as being open "By Appointment" are usually country house hotels, B&Bs, or schools.
Yes
Historic Houses Association Member
Phone Number If calling from the U.S., delete the first "0" in British numbers.
01902-761-400
Fax Number
01902-764-663
Email
Website
Awards

Current Ownership
Current Ownership Type
The National Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use
Visitor Attraction
Current Ownership Use / Details

Seat ("Seat" is loosely defined as any family that occupied the house for a period of 2 years or more)
Today Seat of
A Past Seat(s) of
Sir Geoffrey and Lady Mander, early 20th century.
Possible (Unsure) Seat of
History / Gardens & Park / Movies

History
Earlier House(s) / Building(s)
House Replaced By
Built / Designed For
Mander family
House & Family History
A manufacturerís 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. Ouldís 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 This field lists art objects that are currently or were previously in the collection of the house.

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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.
Comments

Gardens & Park
Garden, Park, Follies and 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.
Chapel & Church

Movies
Location for Movies / TV
"Flog It!" (2006 - TV BBC documentary series, episode "Wolverhampton," segment on the Manor's Pre-Raphaelite paintings).
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