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Ranger’s House (Wernher Collection)

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Ranger’s House (Wernher Collection) is an elegant Georgian villa in Greenwich Park which houses The Wernher Collection, a remarkable collection of works of art amassed by diamond magnate Sir Julius Wernher (1850-1912).

Arranged within the panelled interiors of this graceful mansion is a glittering spectacle – a sumptuous arrangement of silver and jewels, paintings and porcelain.

Nearly 700 works of art are on display, including early religious paintings and Dutch Old Masters, tiny carved Gothic ivories, fine Renaissance bronzes and silver treasures revealing the genius of medieval craftsmen and the unparalleled quality of Renaissance decorative arts.

With the delights of Greenwich nearby, Ranger’s House makes an ideal addition to a memorable day out.

The Wernher Collection was assembled by the German-born diamond magnate Sir Julius Wernher in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Wernher lived at Bath House in Piccadilly and Luton Hoo in Bedfordshire. At one time part of the collection was on display to the public at Luton Hoo, which was owned by Sir Julius’ descendants until the early years of the twenty first century. There are about 700 items on display at Ranger’s House occupying twelve rooms, some of which have been decorated to evoke the way the collection was displayed when it was at Bath House.

Ranger’s House (Wernher Collection) includes paintings by Francesco Francia, Filippino Lippi, Hans Memling and Gabriel Metsu and portraits by the English painters Sir Joshua Reynolds, George Romney and John Hoppner. However the larger part of it consists of an eclectic mix of decorative art, including Renaissance jewellery, medieval, Byzantine and Renaissance ivories, tapestries, furniture and Sèvres porcelain, as well as a life size marble sculpture by Bergonzoli of an angel kissing a semi-nude woman entitled “The Love of Angels”.

Ranger’s House is in the care of English Heritage.

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Listing Details

  • Address: Chesterfield Walk, London SE10 8QX
  • Phone: 020 8853 0035
  • Website: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/rangers-house-the-wernher-collection
  • Email: customers@english-heritage.org.uk
  • Get there by bus: 53, 386
  • Get there by tube/train: DLR
  • Wheelchair access: Yes
  • Additional information: Disabled visitors can be set down next to the entrance of the house (prior arrangement recommended)

    Although there is no interior lift, a disabled platform is located on exterior of the house. This travels up one level to help visitors reach the Stannah chair lift.

    Male/female and disabled toilets are available at the house. Unfortunately there are no baby changing facilities.

    Parking

    There are eight car parking spaces available in front of the house, and additional parking alongside the adjacent bowling green. Parking restrictions are in operation between 9am and 10am (please note that parking is not managed by English Heritage). Parking onsite is free of charge.
    Off site parking can be found in Greenwich Park, Greenwich town centre and Blackheath village (charges apply).
    Please note: There is no coach/minibus parking available at this site.

    No photography is permitted in the house.

Opening Times

  • Monday 11.30am or 2.30pm
  • Tuesday 11.30am or 2.30pm
  • Wednesday 11.30am or 2.30pm
  • Thursday Closed
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday 10am-5pm

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