Kelmscott Manor

Kelmscott Manor

Kelmscott Manor

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Kelmscott Manor


Kelmscott Manor is a grade 1 Listed Tudor farmhouse adjacent to the River Thames. Kelmscott Manor was built in 1570, with an additional wing added to the northeast corner in about 1665. The Manor is built of local limestone on the edge of the village of Kelmscott.

William Morris chose it as his summer home in 1871.


William Morris


Kelmscott Manor was the county home of William Morris (1834 -1896) - poet, craftsman and socialist - from 1871 until his death in 1896.

William Morris was a socialist, writer and craftsmen. His career as an artist began at Oxford and after graduation he ended up in London, painting under the direction of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the leading light of Pre-Raphaelites (a loose group of artists intent on regaining the spiritual purity characteristic of art before Rapheal and the Renaissance.

In 1861 William Morris founded Morris & Co whose designs came to embody the ideas of the Arts and Crafts Movement .

William Morris's own designs for fabrics, wallpapers and numerous other products were to prove a massive influence in Britain (the Laura Ashley aesthetic is a lineal descendant of Morris's rustic nostalgia).

In 1890, William Morris set up the Kelmscott Press named after his summer home, Kelmscott Manor.

Kelmscott Manor Opening Times


Kelmscott Manor's 2013 season runs until Wednesday 30th October 2013

General Public Open Days (House and Garden - visits not bookable in advance)

Every Wednesday and Saturday, 11am to 5pm

Ticket office opens 10.30am. Last admission to the house 4.30pm.
The house has limited capacity. Admission to the house is by timed ticket.

Kelmscott Manor Admission Prices


House and Garden
Adults £9.00; Children (8 to 16 years) £4.50; Students in f/t education and with a valid student's card £4.50; one carer accompanying a disabled person FREE. Kelmscott Manor is a member of the Historic Houses Association.

House and Garden - Admission by Gift Aid donation
Adults £10.00; Children (8 to 16 years) £5.00; Students in f.t. education and with a valid student's card £5.00. (This is an option for UK taxpayers, whereby Kelmscott Manor claims 25p in the £ on your tax).

Garden only
£2.50

Page last updated 27/07/2013 23:24:07



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