Friday, 13 February 2015

Sandycombe Lodge

This attractive engraving by W.B. Cooke shows Sandycombe Lodge in Twickenham shortly after it was built in 1813. The Lodge is the only architectural work designed by famous artist JMW Turner. He used it as his country retreat until 1826. Twickenham has since been swallowed up by the sprawl of Greater London and in recent years the Lodge had fallen into disrepair. In 2013 it was added to the Heritage at Risk Register of English Heritage. Now a grant of £1.4 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund will allow essential restoration work to begin. The Turner House Trust hopes to reopen the Lodge to the public in 2016 (CLICK).


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