National Trust, Sunnycroft

Image credit: National Trust Images/John Millar

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Sunnycroft is a suburban red brick villa, with Jacobean staircase, built for J. G. Wackrill, the founder of the Shropshire Brewery in Watling Street in 1880, and bought and extended in the 1890s by Mary Jane Slaney, widow of a successful wine and spirits merchant. In 1912 it was bought by her brother-in-law, a solicitor called J. V. T. Lander (1855–1943) and lived in by three generations of Landers until it was bequeathed by Joan Lander (1916–1997), founder of the needlework business, Joan Lander Designs. Most unexpectedly is to be found the Spanish-inspired painting 'Peasants Playing Cards in a Tavern', signed and dated: 'Alfred C. Gilbert/1875' by the well known Victorian sculptor. There is one good Old Master, 'Suffer the Little Children (‘Sinite parvulos’)', in the style of Simon de Vos.

200 Holyhead Road, Wellington, Telford, Shropshire TF1 2DR England

01952 242884

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