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Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery is fit for a King

As part of King Charles III’s recent visit to Ealing to meet volunteer groups at Ealing Broadway shopping centre, the monarch also took an opportunity to see for himself Pitzhanger Manor.

At Pitzhanger, the King was given a tour by Howell James CBE, chair of Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery Trust and Clare Gough, director of Pitzhanger. The Manor was originally the country home of renowned British architect Sir John Soane who designed and built Pitzhanger in 1800 – 1804 and lived in it until 1810. The Manor was  restored in 2019 to Soane’s 1800 design.

The King and Clare Gough, director of Pitzhanger at Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery. Photo:Tim Bret-Day.
King Charles III and Clare Gough, director of Pitzhanger at Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery. Photo:Tim Bret-Day.

During the visit, King Charles III met craftspeople who helped with the Manor’s restoration. Among them was decorative painter Alasdair Peebles and the team from Hare & Humphreys, who led the historic paint analysis.

The King and Clare Gough, director of Pitzhanger at Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery with Alessia from Hare & Humphreys. Photo: Tim Bret-Day.
The King and Clare Gough, director of Pitzhanger at Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery with Alessia from Hare & Humphreys. Photo: Tim Bret-Day.

At the visit, stone sculpture specialists Tom Nicholls and Josh Locksmith from London Stone Carving spoke of their contribution to the restoration of the Manor’s stone carvings.

The King shook hands with stone sculpture specialists Tom Nicholls and Josh Locksmith from London Stone Carving. Photo: Tim Bret-Day.
The King shook hands with stone sculpture specialists Tom Nicholls and Josh Locksmith from London Stone Carving. Photo: Tim Bret-Day.

Howell James CBE, chair of Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery Trust said: “We are immensely honoured by His Majesty’s visit. This visit not only highlights the Manor’s historical significance but also its role in fostering contemporary artistic expression.”

Clare Gough, director of Pitzhanger added: “His Majesty’s visit is a tremendous encouragement to Pitzhanger as a hub of cultural engagement for our community. We are thrilled to have shared with His Majesty the spectacular renovation of Pitzhanger and how it can continue to inspire future generations in art and architecture.”

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