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575 Wandsworth Road, London

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575 Wandsworth Road, London, was the home of Kenyan poet and civil servant Khadambi Asalache until his death in 2006. Following his death he left it to the National Trust, which opened the house as a museum for pre-booked guided tours.HistoryAsalache bought the "two-up two-down" Georgian terraced house in Wandsworth Road in 1981, paying less than the asking price of £31,000. The property was in a poor state of repair when he bought it, having previously been occupied by squatters. For 20 years, he decorated it internally with Moorish-influenced fretwork which he cut by hand from discarded pine doors and wooden boxes. The intricate woodwork was augmented by illustrations of African wilderness, and his collection of 19th-century English lustreware.The property was shown on World of Interiors in 1990, and in the Sunday Telegraph Magazine in 2000. Tim Knox, director of Sir John Soane's Museum, in Nest in 2003, described it as: The work takes inspiration from the Great Mosque of Cordoba, the Alhambra and Generalife in Granada, doors in Zanzibar, panelled interiors in Damascus, and the waterside houses or yalı in Istanbul.
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  • Fantastic interesting place and brilliant guide what a wonderfully talented man . We went here to celebrate our 59th wedding anniversary. What a way to celebrate it. I do agree with him why clean the ...  more »
  • Really worth booking a place on a tour. Only 6 people allowed in at a time to see this remarkable home. Very different to an average National Trust experience. I won't spoil the experience by describi...  more »
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