This Grade II* listed Mausoleum built in the early 1850s is set in about a third of an acre of land in Twickenham. It was commissioned by Francis Needham, the 2nd Earl of Kilmorey for his mistress Priscilla Anne Hoste. The designer Henry Kendall chose an Egyptian-style constructed in pink and grey granite at the cost of £30,000 which was a huge sum at the time. The granite is covered in Egyptian symbols and skylight stars in the ceiling allow the sun to illuminate the interior. The large marble bas-relief carved by Lawrence MacDonald is located on the interior wall and depicts Priscilla on her death bed with the Earl at her feet and son Charles by her side. The enclosure wall and cast iron railings have just been renovated and look wonderful. A key element of the site’s appeal is the wildlife garden that was created by Trust volunteers.
The work of the Trust and its volunteers has enabled this unique monument to be made available to the public as part of the London Open House initiative each September.
Left image by Mike Kaner
Location: Kilmorey Mausoleum, St Margaret’s Road, Twickenham, TW1
Volunteer Tony Lewis introduces a short video about Kilmorey Mausoleum. With thanks to Masters students Barbara Frenzel, James Cooper, Ajanav Mohan Ranjeet and Philip Southwood.
Kilmorey Mausoleum and its grounds will be open to the public at the following times. Entry free.
|Summer 2016||Sunday 24th July||1 - 5 pm|
|Autumn 2016||Sunday 18th September||1 - 5 pm||Open House Weekend|
|Winter 2016||Sunday 11th December||12 - 3 pm||Early closing due to daylight|
|Spring 2017||Sunday 26th March||12 - 3 pm||Early closing due to daylight|
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