Sorry to bore any non-history loving fans but here’s another house we recently visited. Again it’s near a canal though further south than Little Moreton Hall. Wightwick Manor (pronounced “Wittick”) is situated at Tettenhall near Wolverhampton and about half a mile from the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal.
The house was built in 1884, so no where near as old as Little Moreton Hall but amazing all the same.
A little more grand inside with lavish decor and period furniture.
The house is decorated with an extensive collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings mostly sourced since the National Trust took over the house in 1937.
A pretty impressive party house.
With stunning wallpaper and decor by William Morris.
The Grand Hall
Theodore Mander, a wealthy local paint manufacturer, built the house for his family and was gifted to the Nation by his son Geoffrey, so not an extensive history!
Geoffrey was a liberal MP for many years and also took part in the mass trespassing in the 1930’s at Kinder Scout in the Peak District protesting against the loss of access to the countryside.
I tried visiting last year with my brother Ray but we arrived a couple of hours before it opened and decided not to wait. Shame you missed it Ray!
We’ve been trying to get as much of our National Trust membership as we can. A good excuse to seek out lots of interesting places!