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Out and About – 575 Wandsworth Road

October 3, 2012

It’s always exciting to hear about a new property aquired by the National Trust, especially one that is really close to where I live.

 In 2010 the National Trust accepted 575 Wandsworth Road, bequeathed from Khadambi Asalache. Asalache (1935-2006) was a Kenyan poet and author who lived in London.

He lived in the modest Georgian townhouse in Wandsworth. The house was in very bad condition when he perchased it, as I had been lived in by squatters. He spent many years re-decorating the house, making Moorish influenced fretwork from discarded pieces of wood. The house featured many illustrations of African wilderness and his collection of English pottery.

The house is currently under-going extensive restoration work by the National Trust and will be opening early next year, so definitely one to look out for.

Find out more here

Gallery Khadambi Asalche's home: Khadambi Asalche's home: fireplace

Gallery Khadambi Asalche's home: Khadambi Asalche's home: lamp

Gallery Khadambi Asalche's home: Khadambi Asalche's home: bathroom

Gallery Khadambi Asalche's home: Khadambi Asalche's home: candelabra

Pictures Courtesy of The Guardian

  • Reply
    Fay
    October 3, 2012 at 10:05 am

    The detail is amazing – i want to go!

    • Reply
      vintagefrills
      October 3, 2012 at 10:44 am

      Definitely one to do next year. And it’s so close!

      • Fay
        October 3, 2012 at 11:59 am

        Indeed it is – will be lovely 😀

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