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7 November 2010

Visit William Morris' Red House

Owned by the National Trust, Red House, in Bexleyheath, is the only house which exists which was commissioned, built and lived in by William Morris, the celebrated founder of the Arts & Crafts movement.


Completed in 1860, it is built in the red brick-and-tile domestic vernacular style, it apparently shows a focus on natural materials. The Grade I listed building is noted for its gardens and its beautiful stairway.

Morris himself only lived here for five years, being forced to sell the house for financial reasons in 1865, and it then became a family home for nearly 140 years, before passing to the National Trust in 2002.

Nowadays, it is open to the public from March until December. For more information, see here.

^Picture © Jon's pics used under Creative Commons^

4 comments:

  1. I think I'm right in saying that the same architect was responsible for Mary Ward House in Bloomsbury (www.marywardhouse.com) which is another magnificent building in the Arts & Crafts Style (although there are touches of Art Nouveau as well...)

    This house looks fantastic and I really must get around to visiting. Thanks for the tip!

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  2. I've posted quite a few pics of Red House on my blog if you want to see more reasons to visit!

    http://wmmorrisfanclub.blogspot.com/search/label/Red%20House

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  3. Thanks Mo, these are really interesting.

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