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.

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.

The house stands as Khadambi Asalache left it, with his painted decoration, handmade fretwork furniture and carefully arranged collections of beautiful and functional objects.

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.

Times and prices are subject to change. Contact venue before setting out.

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