Turner’s Twickenham House ‘Saved’

Sandycombe Lodge, the house designed by the painter JMW Turner and used as his ‘country retreat’ between 1813 and 1826 will be saved thanks to a £1.4m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The villa in Sandycoombe Road, Twickenham (yeah, so what if it’s really St Margarets, deal with it!) can now be restored and opened to the public.  Although the house does currently allow for some visitors, it’s on English Heritage’s ‘at risk’ list and in need of significant restoration. Turner designed the house himself although the original structure has been modified since Turner sold it in 1826. These modifications will be removed as part of the work. After the completion of the project it is expected that the house will be open for 46 weeks of the year from 2016 and will include state of the art visitor information and offer an expanded range of educational programmes.

Good news, and well done to all those Turner in Twickenham fans who worked hard to make this happen.

 

Turner's House, Twickenham

Turner’s House, Twickenham

 

Next stop: Rebuild the Temeraire!

LINKS:
*  Turner’s House
*  BBC News

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5 responses to “Turner’s Twickenham House ‘Saved’

  1. Walkinthepark

    Great to see some of our genuine heritage being preserved courtesy of the Lottery Fund. A big thanks to all those who worked for this.

  2. michelangelo

    Ben – “Diamond Jubilee Gardens”, please! Jubilee Gardens are elsewhere in the Borough (Mortlake)

  3. Ben Makins

    That’s excellent news! Now let’s create the Turner Gallery of Landscape on the old pool site (Jubilee Gardens looking a bit scruffy already, perhaps?), and use art to regenerate the heart of Twickenham (and St Mags). Look what it’s done for St Ives, Margate, Folkestone and others. If we can’t bring the old boy back home, maybe Timothy Spall should be offered the vacant weeks at Sandycome House for his residence!

  4. Sshhh! Don’t mention big boats.