Turner's Twickenham Abode Saved By Lottery Grant

Laura Reynolds
By Laura Reynolds Last edited 40 months ago
Turner's Twickenham Abode Saved By Lottery Grant

Sandycombe Lodge in its current state

A 19th century villa designed by artist J.M.W. Turner, and recently facing dereliction, has received a £1.4m Heritage Lottery Fund grant for restoration work.

Sandycombe Lodge in Twickenham (which we featured as our Good Cause of the Day a few weeks back) was designed by the landscape artist, who originally trained as an architect, and used as a country retreat by himself and his father between 1813 and 1826. Now known better as Turner's House Twickenham, the property will be returned to the way it was during the artist's lifetime, by Turner's House Trust. An additional first floor to the two single-storey wings and two-storey extension to the north wall — added after Turner sold the property in 1826 — will be removed.

The building has features in common with architect Sir John Soane's Pitzhanger Manor in Ealing, due to the friendship between the two men. The house was donated to the Turner's House Trust in 2010, following the death of Professor Harold Livermore, who had owned it since 1947.

Currently, Sandycombe Lodge is only open to the public one afternoon a month, but when the restoration is complete in 2016, it will be open 46 weeks a year. 60 volunteers will be recruited as stewards, hosts, tour guides and gardeners. Visitors will be able to see inside the world of Turner the painter,  and get a glimpse of his personal and domestic life. Those unable to use stairs will able to take a 3D virtual tour of the first floor and basement of the property.

Last Updated 08 January 2015

Pe Nelope Kay Greenhough

I grew up here in the 60's and 70's in the house opposite at number 45...back then two elderly spinsters lived there.. I often used to spend the night when my mum was on night duty... used to watch stag beetles emerging in the garden... got into terrible trouble for stealing strawberries from the window boxes... they were very kind ladies and used to send me up that beautiful staircase to a warmed bed with a glass of milk and a biscuit...I had absolutely no idea it had been turners house, or even who he was.. no one ever mentioned it!

John

I live around the corner now in Claremont Rd. It's a beautiful house but we are slightly concerned that the added traffic to the house will cause parking congestion in the immediate area.