575 Wandsworth Road


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.<br /><br />Almost every wall in the house is embellished with exquisite fretwork patterns and motifs, which were hand-carved from reclaimed pine doors and floorboards found in skips.<br /><br />The house stands as Khadambi Asalache left it, with his painted decoration, handmade fretwork furniture and carefully arranged collections of beautiful and functional objects.<br /><br />Tours are limited to 54 visitors a week, in tours of six people at a time, due to the delicate nature of the property. Call 0844 249 1895 or book a tour online.

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