Our Monday outing today was to Wightwick Manor, (pronounced Wittick), a Victorian manor house who's owners were passionate about the Art's and Crafts movement. Today the house is owned by the National Trust for everyone to enjoy.
The house was built by Theodore Mandor who's family were successful 19th century industrialists. It was built in two phases, the first being completed in 1887, the house was then extended in 1983 by the addition of the Great Parlor wing. Theodore and his wife decorated the house with designs from William Morris and the Arts and Craft movement, which was popular at the time.
Theodore's son, Geoffrey Mandor persuaded the National Trust to take on the house even though it was only 50 yeas old, the collection were so complete that it was considered worth preserving. Descendants of the Mander family still retain a private apartment at the Manor.