Malden Manor Mosaic Makeover

Getting close to installation!

After many months of working with various local schools and community organisations, we are pleased to announce that we are now in the process of preparing the site to mount the finished mosaic.

We are organising several days of action in the next month, when we will be working with Challenge students, the Malden Manor Community Group, Network Rail staff and anyone else who can help.

We need help in litter picking, pruning trees and shrubs, planting fruiting bushes and trees, preparing surfaces and painting walls.

This will allow us to erect a 20 metre mosaic made from recycled tiles, mirrors, beads and glass.  It is looking fantastic!

Where Is It?

The site is located at the bottom of Sheephouse Way, in Malden Manor KT3 5PS.

Coming by car, there is plenty of free on street parking, right at the bottom of Sheephouse Way.

If you are coming by train, come to Malden Manor station. It is a 5 minute walk from there.

Turn right out of the station and walk towards the big roundabout.

Take the second left past Armiston House on your right and walk to the bottom of Sheephouse Way.

Follow the path towards the river. Turn left before the bridge and then it’s 100 metres to the work site under a railway bridge.

When are our site visits and work days ?

Friday 26th October, 2 pm to 4pm

Meet at Malden Manor station at 2 pm to walk down to the site at 2.15 pm to see the scale of the problems and plan.

Saturday 27th October, 2 pm to 4pm

Meet at the site to finalise plans and agree actions including fundraising.

Tuesday 6th November, 10 am to 4pm  

1st day of scrub clearance action, with help from the “Moles” (a countryside management group), where we will be cutting back trees, brambles and other overgrown vegetation along the riverbank, as well as tidying up the area by pruning and tackling litter and dumped rubbish.

On the walls we will be scraping back any loose paint and moss then treating it with fungicide prior to painting….this is just on the side sloping walls. This will have to dry for 16 hours prior to applying stabilising solution

Wednesday 7th November10 am to 4 pm

2nd day of scrub clearance and tidying up action, again with help from the “Moles”.

On the walls, apply stabilising solution to any unpainted areas that has to dry overnight  prior to painting. 

Thursday 8th November10 am to 4 pm

3rd day of action with help from the “Moles”  to manage and improve the area..

Also a major painting day with help from staff from Network Rail.

Saturday 17th November, 11 am to 4 pm

4th and final day of action with Challenge students to assist in installing the mosaic, completing planting, making picnic areas and to make the area more aesthetically pleasing. 

We will provide the tools, equipment and resources needed.  On the days with the “Moles” there will be a range of tasks to suit those of varying capabilities and ages, though these are confined to those aged over 16 as heavy equipment will be in use.

Please come with sturdy footwear, rough clothing and a picnic lunch if you are there at lunchtime.  You can come along for the day or just a couple of hours and there’s no need to decide in advance.  

If you think you might be able to help on these days it would be useful if you could let Peter Short know in advance: so we can plan for tools, refreshments etc.

If you would like any further information, please see our website at  or find us on Facebook.  Please feel free to email me on or ring or text me on 07443 508514 with any questions.

We would like to thank the Awards for All (National Lottery), Kingston Council’s Housing Department, the Esme Fairbairn Foundation, Fulham Football Club, Malden Manor Primary and Nursery School and the hundreds of donors to our crowd funding site that made this whole thing possible.

We hope you can join us and look forward to meeting you.



Save the World Club has 25 years working experience creating Award winning beautiful mosaics with the local community’s help around the Borough and main town.

We are delighted to announce that we succeeded in obtaining crowd funding for transforming a dark and grubby rail arch that is the entrance to Five Acre Field at Malden Manor just along from where Millais painted his famous “Ophilia” portrait. 


Moving ahead with the mosaics…

Sections of the mosaic are now being put together by members of the local community during the Summer workshop sessions at the hub at Armiston Garages on Sheephouse way near roundabout and junction with Manor Drive North……….look out for the pergola and bunting!!!      (Postcode KT3 5PW)






Amateur sleuth discovers the site where Sir John Millais painted famous work of Ophelia

But one amateur art sleuth believes she has found the exact spot where one of Britain’s best-loved paintings was created.

Retired biology teacher Barbara Webb spent 18 months trying to find the real-life setting for Ophelia, Sir John Everett Millais’s £30million masterpiece.

Using historic sources combined with local knowledge, Miss Webb, 80, has concluded that the Pre-Raphaelite artist set up his easel in Six Acre Meadow on the west bank of the Hogsmill River at the bottom of the Manor House garden in Old Malden, South West London.

Famous painting: Millais completed the background by the river and later inserted the drowning Ophelia

Iconic: Ophelia, completed by Sir John Everett Millais in 1852, is worth £30million



Inspiration: The spot on the Hogsmill River believed to be the setting for the painting

She believes it was there almost 160 years ago that Millais painted the background, at the time regarded as one of the most accurate and elaborate studies of nature ever made.

He then added the figure of the drowning Ophelia after persuading 19-year-old model Elizabeth Siddal  –  later the wife of Millais’s friend and fellow Pre-Raphaelite Dante Gabriel Rossetti  –  to pose fully clothed in a cold bath at his studio.

She later caught pneumonia but survived.

Sleuth: Barbara Webb spent 18 months working out where Millais's painted his famous piece Ophelia

Sleuth: Barbara Webb spent 18 months

working out where Millais’s painted his

           famous piece Ophelia

The picture, now displayed at the Tate Britain, depicts the tragic Shakespearean figure who becomes mad with grief at the murder of her father Polonius by her lover Prince Hamlet. She falls into a river and drowns.

Millais was one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood who rejected the 15th and 16th-century work of Raphael and his contemporaries Michelangelo and Leonardo in favour of earlier paintings.

Their ideas supported abundant detail, intense colours, and complex compositions.

It was known that Millais and fellow Pre-Raphaelite William Holman Hunt had worked near Hogsmill River, but Miss Webb wanted to find for herself the exact point.

Miss Webb, who lives in nearby Kingston upon Thames, studied the accounts of Millais and Hunt, as well as records from a local clergyman specifying the riverbank spot for the 1852 painting as being ‘100 yards’ above a particular footbridge.

 Miss Webb said: ‘I also studied the painting which gave me details such as the flow of water so I could work out which bank it was painted from.

Confirmed: An told walking map shows where the painting was then suspected to have been completed, but Miss Webb's research proved it

Confirmed: An old walking map of Malden shows where the painting was then suspected to have been completed, but Miss Webb’s research proved it

‘I was flabbergasted when I put the pieces together. The topography is the same, but there are more sycamore trees now and at the time it would have been much less shaded.’

Dr Alison Smith from Tate Britain said of Miss Webb’s detective work: ‘I think it is important. Millais would take his canvas and paint outdoors so with a bit of detective work if the sites are still there it is possible to find these places.

‘The painting is very accurate and to find the location brings the whole thing alive.’