was the iconic country home of William Morris; poet, designer, craftsman, socialist and founding father of the Arts and Crafts movement. This Grade I listed house was loved by Morris as a survival of traditional craftsmanship in harmony with the nearby village and surrounding landscape, which lies towards the very upper reaches of the Thames, inspiring many of his most important designs and writings, including the world-famous Willow pattern. Today, visitors will find an outstanding collection, from early 17th Century furniture to a unique collection of furnishings chosen by Pre-Raphaelite painter-poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti and pieces from each of Morris’ London homes, including several designed especially for the iconic Red House. Morris’ wife Jane and daughter May also have a vivid presences at Kelmscott Manor: many examples reflect their beautiful and accomplished needlework.
Perhaps the most famous
portrait of Jane Morris by Rossetti, The Blue Silk Dress completed in 1868 currently hangs in the White Room. The domestic charm and ambience of the house is still retained, despite having influenced Pre-Raphaelite art and design and the Arts & Crafts Movement, a legacy still very much treasured today.
The Manor opens its doors for the 2019 season on Wednesday 3rd April.
Throughout the open season we will host a number of family days with drop-in activities as well as interesting talks on people associated with the Morris family and the Manor.
Take a stroll
around the Manor’s enchanting gardens, barns, dovecote, stream and meadow with the River Thames located just a few hundred yards away. The Tearoom, with its friendly staff and delicious home-made meals and cakes, is a must, whilst the Shop is packed with decorative and unusual items ideal for gifts or mementoes.
Kelmscott Manor is owned and managed by the Society of Antiquaries at Burlington House in London.
Public open days
Wednesday and Saturday 10.30am to 5pm. Last admission to the Manor house 4pm. Coach groups are welcomed on Thursdays.
Tel: 01367 252486
Kelmscott Manor, Lechlade GL7 3HJ