CC Image courtesy of 575 Wandsworth House by Victor Keegan

575 Wandsworth Road

The hand-carved fretwork interior of this modest, early 19th-century, terraced house is enthralling and inspiring.

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.

Prompted by the need to disguise persistent damp in the basement dining room, he initially fixed pine floorboards to the damp wall. He went on to embellish almost every wall, ceiling and door in the house with exquisite fretwork patterns and motifs, which he hand-carved from reclaimed pine doors and floorboards found in skips.

The house stands as he left it, with his painted decoration on walls, doors and floors and with rooms furnished with his handmade fretwork furniture and carefully arranged collections of beautiful and functional objects, including pressed-glass inkwells, pink and copper lustreware, postcards and his typewriter.

ref: National Trust

Museum Facilities

  • Cafe

  • Restaurant

  • Shop

  • Audio Guide

  • Tour Guide

  • Photography

  • Wheelchair Access

  • WiFi

  • Venue Hire

  • Available

  • Not allowed

  • Unconfirmed

  • Prior permission required.

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London Area: South


  • 575 Wandsworth Road,
  • Lambeth
  • London
  • SW8 3JD


  • TFL Zone

    Zone 2

  • National Rail

    • Clapham Junction
    • Wandsworth Road


    • Clapham Junction

    • Wandsworth Road

    Bus Numbers

  • 77, 87, 452


Adult £6.00
Child £3.00
Family £15.00
Admission discounts
National Trust FREE entry
Open Hours
Wednesday 18:30pm 19:30pm
Friday 13:30pm 16:30pm
Saturday 11:00am 16:30pm
Sunday 11:00am 16:30pm
Admission by guided tour only which last approximately one hour, booking essential (places limited).

Contact Details

Phone 020 7720 9459
Website 575 Wandsworth Road
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