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Notice: We are currently closed for the winter, but we will open again for tours on Sunday 1 March 2015. We will be taking bookings for March to May from 1 February 2015. You can book a tour by calling 0844 249 1895 from that date. You will also be able to book on line from 1 February. If you would like to order a Guide book for 575 Wandsworth Road, these are now available from the National Trust on line shop. If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer House Guide we are now recruiting, please call us on 0207 720 9459 for further information.
An extraordinary home and an intriguing work of art
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.
Book a tour
You'll need to book onto one of our guided tours if you'd like to visit. Due to the delicate nature of the property, tours are limited to 54 visitors a week, in tours of a maximum of six people at a time. Admission charges and a booking fee apply, entry is free for National Trust members, but members still need to book a place. We are closed from from 3 November 2014 to 28 February 2015, and will be taking bookings for March to May from 1 February 2015. You can call our bookings number from that date on 0844 249 1895.