Wightwick Manor is located in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands. It is a Victorian manor, completed in 1887, and lived in by the Mander family. The house was furnished and decorated in the latest fashions, and survives today as an example of how the Arts and Crafts Movement influenced everyday life.
William Morris was clearly a favourite designer of the Mander's, and his textiles and wallpapers are used throughout the house. Other interiors collections include Pre-Raphaelite paintings by Rossetti, Millais, Burne-Jones and Watts, stained glass by Charles Kempe, and De Morgan tiles. Wightwick House is packed with items by key artists and designers of the day.
Charles Kempe is known to have regularly visited the house, wearing Elizabethan costume! It is thought that he designed the Great Parlour in its Elizabethan style, when this extension was made in 1893.
The influence of the Arts and Crafts Movement can be seen in the surrounding acres of gardens, which were designed by Thomas Mawson. Features include woodland, formally laid out areas, a pergola and various terraces. The importance of the gardens is such that they have been protected and Listed in their own right. The outbuildings are still functional, serving as an antiquarian bookshop, pottery shop, workshop and stables.
Parking is free, and Wightwick Manor can be accessed by road, bus and train. Contact the house for up to date travel information.
The tea-room serves food which has been grown in Wightwick House's gardens. A gift shop is available, selling Morris and Arts and Crafts related items. The second-hand bookshop and pottery shop are located in the outbuildings.
For younger visitors there is a quiz trail. Baby change facilities are provided. Baby-carrier seats can be loaned so that visitors with prams can access all areas of the property.
Tel: 01902 761400