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575 Wandsworth Road

July 2 - November 2

Some background info  - An extraordinary home and an intriguing work of art. 575 Wandsworth Road was acquired by the National Trust in 2010, because of the rich and striking interiors created by Khadambi Asalache (1935-2006), a Kenyan-born poet, novelist, philosopher of mathematics and British civil servant. He bought the house in 1981 while working at the Treasury, and over a period of 20 years (from 1986) turned his home into a work of art. Prompted by the need to disguise persistent damp in the basement dining room, he initially fixed pine floorboards to the damp wall. He went on to embellish almost every wall, ceiling and door in the house with exquisite fretwork patterns and motifs, which he hand-carved from reclaimed pine doors and floorboards found in skips. The house stands as he left it, with his painted decoration on walls, doors and floors and with rooms furnished with his handmade fretwork furniture and carefully arranged collections of beautiful and functional objects, including pressed-glass inkwells, pink and copper lustreware, postcards and his typewriter.

Click here to book a tour and be one of a special few and secure an exclusive visit to this extraordinary home. It's a visit unlike any other National Trust day out. With intimate tours of up to six people, as a guest you will be invited to take off your outdoor shoes to protect our hand-painted floors before exploring the house in your own time along with our expert guides. To look after the delicate interiors, places are limited to 2000 visitors per year so pre-booking is essential.



July 2
November 2
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575 Wandsworth Road, Lambeth
SW8 3JD + Google Map