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Turner's House, Twickenham

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JMW Turner RA designed and built Sandycombe Lodge in 1813 as his retreat in once-rural Twickenham. Turner’s House Trust is fundraising to restore the building and to open it to the public in summer 2017. The Trust also plans to offer a broad programme of activities which will draw in many sectors of the public, from young children to those seeking to learn more about art and architecture, or to learn to paint, whatever their age.

About the house

Sandycombe Lodge is a little-known treasure: here JMW Turner became his own architect, and in 1813 built a picturesque small country villa close to the Thames. Turner entertained his friends at the house, including the architect Sir John Soane, whose influence is visible throughout the building.

Sandycombe Lodge was left in trust on the death of its then owner Professor Harold Livermore in 2010 and with the Trust’s objectives in mind, the Trustees commissioned an Options Appraisal with the support of the Architectural Heritage Fund.

It is now 200 years since Turner built Sandycombe Lodge, and the house, listed Grade II*, is still almost totally intact but has some unsightly later additions. However it is threatened by damp and decay, is on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register and in need of major conservation.

The restoration project

The Trust will repair the fabric of the house and restore it to its original appearance, as designed by Turner. Visitors will be able to explore this small but beautiful building, discovering Turner’s ways of working and learning more about his deep love of the river landscape. Everyday life in the house will come entertainingly alive through traditional and digital interpretation. The house will open five days per week, 46 weeks per year and we anticipate 9,200 visitors in the first year.

The surviving section of the original garden, which is of great importance to the presentation and character of the house, will also be restored. As well as renewing the planting and reinstating the “grassy mound” revealed in a 1814 illustration, access issues will be addressed with new paths to allow maximum accessibility and where possible include provision for wheelchair users.
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  • Delightful house & garden. In testing insight into Turner’s life & a little local history. Worth a visit. Excellent volunteers taking us on a journey learning more about this fabulous artist. Thank...  more »
  • I absolutely adored this Petit chateau that was once Turner's House, it definitely has one of the cutest gardens i've ever been in. Look out for the Grandfather Clock it tells more than just the...  more »
  • Newly renovated grade 2 listed Georgian house and garden, erected 1812. Jointly designed by Turner and Sir John Soane. And the only Turner designed building that still survives. Built to house his father William. Turner also resided here from 1814, using it as his rural retreat. Strange to think of Twickenham as rural, rather than part of a Riverside green corridor. Run by The Turner's House Trust. It hosts informative guided tours. In close proximity to Marble Hill Park, York House Gardens, Eel Pie Island, Ham House and Gardens, East Twickenham Ferry Terminal (Hammerton's Ferry), Richmond Bridge and The River Thames. Nearest station is St Margaret's
  • Brilliant restoration of a very important building. The tour is full of fascinating information on local history and makes you appreciate the house tenfold.
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