Kelmscott Manor Gardens, near Lechlade
Kelmscott Manor - the inspirational home of William Morris, father of the Arts & Crafts movement.
The Arts and Crafts garden is worth visiting if combined with a visit to the Manor house, containing many of William Morris's most iconic designs inspired by the scenery and plants he found at Kelmscott. The house also displays furniture from each of his London homes, paintings, ceramics, textiles designed by Morris, his family and associates. Kelmscott Manor was used as a place for the family to escape from the hustle and bustle of London and Morris described it as 'heaven on Earth'
After William's death in 1896, his wife, Jane, purchased the house and daughter, May, lived at the Manor until 1938. Overtime the gardens were lost but has now been recreated using black and white photos from the period and many of the plants which William loved and from which many of his designs came.
The front garden is laid out from the drawing of the frontispiece of Morris's most famous book 'News from Nowhere' while the back garden is dominated by a large Mulberry tree which has been here since 1921. There is also a small orchard with various apple trees and a large meadow at the back of the manor. Within the estate are the original farm barns and a dovecote as well as a stream. The River Thames is only a few minutes' walk from the Manor gates.
Opening times 2020 Kelmscott Manor and Garden
The Manor and Gardens are now closed for conservation and improvement works, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, which will continue throughout 2020. For more information see website. Step free access to tearoom, shop, gardens and ground floor rooms of the Manor house.
- Street: Kelmscott Manor, Kelmscott
- Postcode: GL7 3HJ
- City: Lechade
- County: Oxfordshire
- Telephone: 01367 252486
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