Kelmscott Manor

BronReid

WANDANDIAN, Australia

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visiting Kelmscott Manor, which is about an hour west of Oxford, was a long held dream come true, a truly emotional experience when I saw it for myself at long last; and I just managed to get there (from the other side of the world) on the very last open day for this year. The (original) farm was built around 1570 and extended the following century by descendants of the same family (Turner). William Morris only ever rented Kelmscott as a weekend retreat but he spent a lot of time there, where he found great inspiration, and it continued to be rented by the family for many years (his daughter May was still there in her later years). The interior, which is not allowed to be photographed by the public, is a beautiful testimony to his philosophy of surrounding oneself with only things one considers to be beautiful or useful.

I have long held the work of the Pre-Raphaelites in great esteem, and William Morris stands out as a very quiet achiever. His enthusiasm, support and encouragement as a member of the group provides much of the backbone of their longer term success, and the creativity of this one man in so many forms of decorative style is phenomenal.

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