Rangers house is an elegant Georgian villa built in 1723 for Admiral Francis Hosier, who tragically died in the Caribbean.
It later became the official residence of the 'Ranger of Greenwich Park', a post held from 1815 by Princess Sophia Matilda, niece of George III, and remained a aristocratic and then royal home until 1902.
The Greenwich Meridian line passes through its grounds. Today it houses the Wernher collection–which offers you an astounding display of Medieval and Renaissance works of art assembled over many years by the German born diamond magnate Sir Julius Wernher (1850-1912)
Presented in 12 graceful rooms of the mansion the wider collection is a glittering spectacle. You can view nearly 700 varied works of art, including religious paintings of Old Dutch Masters, minute carved Gothic ivories, fine Renaissance bronzes and silver treasures, and the famous life-size erotic marble statue 'The Love of Angels'.
The 120 pieces pieces of Medieval and Renaissance jewellery—the largest collection in England—include Julius's as favourites, pendants set with ovals, pearls, rubies, sapphires and diamonds.
Entrance is by guided tour only (included in the entrance fee), providing you with a detailed insight into the history of collection.