Turner’s house, Sandycombe Lodge, shortly after it was built
Watercolour by William Havell (1782 – 1857)
 
 
Yvonne Hewett, writing for the Turner’s House Trust (Turner’s house in Twickenham, south-west London) reports that the Trust has received further funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the conservation and renovation of Turner’s country residence –
 
Completed in 1813 this pretty Regency villa was designed by Turner as a country residence for himself and his elderly father. Grade II listed Sandycombe Lodge is largely unspoilt apart from some later additions, but, seriously threatened by damp and long neglect it is now on English Heritage’s Buildings At Risk Register. With additional damage caused by recent extreme weather patterns, restoration is now urgent and cannot be delayed.
 
This autumn Turner’s House Trust will launch a £2m Bicentennial Appeal to save the house from dereliction and restore it to Turner’s own design. This is the amount needed for the project to be done properly: conservation of the lovely stair light alone is estimated to cost around £10,000.
 
A grant of £134,900 has been offered by the Heritage Lottery Fund for the development phase of the work. Match funding will come from an Architectural Heritage Fund Project Development Grant, the Trust’s own resources as well as many hours of volunteer time to get the project off the ground.
 
As well as carrying out essential repairs, the plan is to return Sandycombe Lodge to Turner’s own design, an approach endorsed by English Heritage. The house will be furnished quite sparsely and simply with furniture from the early 19th century, as records of Turner’s visitors suggest. The Trust’s collection of art, currently in store and suffering from decades in a damp environment, will be displayed for visitors to enjoy once restored.
 
Catherine Parry-Wingfield, chairman of Turner’s House Trust said: “With this generous support we shall now be in a position to seek the expertise of specialist conservationists to assess the extent and methodology of the restoration work required, and in particular, to learn more about the original appearance of the interior of Sandycombe Lodge. Turner’s own choice of wall colours may emerge from paint analysis, which would be extremely valuable.”
 
Details and how to help with the Turner’s House Trust appeal here.