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Wightwick Manor & Moseley Old Hall, National Trust

Wightwick Manor & Moseley Old Hall, National Trust

Take in two beautiful National Trust properties - Wightwick Manor, a family home with "art for art's sake" inspired interiors and Moseley Old Hall, the dramatic hiding place of a King. Image Credit: © National Trust Images Andrew Butler

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Wightwick Manor & Gardens

In 1937 Geoffrey Mander, a local paint manufacturer and Liberal MP, did something remarkable – he persuaded the National Trust to accept a house for the nation that was just 50 years old.


Geoffrey had inherited Wightwick in 1900, a house designed in an ‘Old English’ style by Midlands architect Edward Ould and built for his parents, Theodore and Flora Mander, between 1887–1893. 


While they lived in the house, Theodore and Flora took inspiration from Oscar Wilde’s lecture on 'the House Beautiful'; as a result, the interiors reflect Wilde’s commitment to the principles of the Aesthetic Movement and the ideals of ‘art for art’s sake’. Wilde’s influence can be seen in the collection of objects from Japan and China and the designs of William Morris and his British Arts and Crafts contemporaries.


Having given the house to the Trust, Geoffrey and his second wife Rosalie became its live-in curators, opening the house to the public and adding to its contents, in particular a remarkable collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, Marie Spartali Stillman, Elizabeth Siddal and many others. The collection now forms one of the largest public collections of work by female artists in Britain.



Moseley Old Hall

An atmospheric Elizabethan farmhouse that saved a King.


Find out about the dramatic story of King Charles II hiding from Cromwell’s troops at Moseley Old Hall after he fled the Battle of Worcester in 1651.


See the bed on which the King slept and the priest hole in which he hid, and hear fascinating stories about what life was like in the 17th-century from our tour guides and costume interpreters.


Please note: If visitors are unable to access the upper floors of the house, there is an iPad available with images of the upstairs of the house as well as a book containing images and information about the house.



Image Credit: ©National Trust Images Andrew Butler

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details Times
Blaby Outside Houselands, Leicester Rd
Braunstone Narborough Road bus lay by outside
Sturgess Garage, Braunstone
Leicester, St Margarets Stand SV, St Margarets Bus Station, Gravel Street
Leciester, LE1 3AG
Oadby - St Peters Church Bus Stop opposite St Peters Church
South Wigston Blaby Rd Bus stop Opp Eric Wright Carpets, Blaby Road
South Wigston
Stoneygate - Knighton Rd Bus Stop London Rd after Stoughton Rd -
Knighton Road, Stoneygate
Wigston - Paddock St Paddock Street Bus stop Behind Aldi

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