Wightwick Manor Approvals

Posted: 11th January 2012

MBLA Architects + Urbanists have obtained planning permission and listed building consent for the extension and renewal of visitor facilities at Wightwick Manor near Wolverhampton.

A late Victorian manor house, built in the ‘Old English’ style by local industrialist Theodore Mander, Wightwick Manor is perhaps the best surviving example of a home furnished under the influence of the Arts & Crafts Movement. The rich interiors of the house feature many original wallpapers, fabrics and furnishings by William Morris, artwork by Rossetti and Burne-Jones, glass by Charles Kempe and ceramics by William de Morgan.

The house sits in 7 hectares (17 acres) of attractive Arts & Crafts gardens, designed by Thomas Mawson, which are Grade II listed in their own right.

The works include a new cafe and kitchen within listed structures together with welfare facilities for the gardens which involved extensive consultation with English Heritage. Work on site will commence in February 2012.

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