Kelmscott Manor

Kelmscott Manor east front
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Kelmscott Manor is a grade 1 listed Tudor farmhouse adjacent to the River Thames, dating from about 1600 and situated on the edge of the village of Kelmscott, near Lechlade.

William Morris (designer, writer and socialist) chose it as his summer home, signing a joint lease with Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti in 1871. Morris loved the house as a work of true craftsmanship, unspoilt, unaltered, and in harmony with the village and the surrounding countryside.

Visitors can enjoy much the same atmosphere now, around the house, barns, garden and stream. The house contains a collection of the possessions and works of Morris, his family and associates including furniture, textiles, pictures and ceramics. The site has a shop and licensed restaurant.

Kelmscott Manor is owned and managed by the Society of Antiquaries of London.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Museum, Garden, parklands or rural site, Heritage site

See also

Opening hours

General Open Days (April to October): Wednesday and Saturday, 11am to 5pm. Last admission to the Manor 4pm

Admission charges

Adults: £11.00 (Giftaid), £10.00 (standard)
Full-time students: £5.50 (Giftaid), £5.00 (standard)
Children (5 – 16): £5.50 (Giftaid), £5.00 (standard)
Family Ticket: £29.00 (Giftaid), £26.00 (standard)

Garden only ticket: £3.50

Children (0-4): FREE
Accompanying carers: FREE

Getting there

Located less the 3 miles from Lechlade on the B4449 (we are signposted from the A417 and A4095) Follow the brown tourism signs to the car park and enjoy the 8 minute walk through the village to the Manor. Public transport is not available. The Thames Path is minutes from the Manor. A private boat mooring and cycle racks are available.

Additional info

Access:
Car park is approx. 10 minutes' walk from the manor; drop-off point at Manor gates; blue badge parking on site. Wheelchair access to gardens, shop, restaurant and ground floor of the manor. There is an adapted toilet. A wheelchair is available. 'Access album' available for reference by visitors unable to gain access to upper floors.

The house contains an outstanding collection of the possessions and work of William Morris, his family and associates, including furniture, original textiles, carpets, books, paintings and ceramics.

The house and other buildings reflect the site's historic use as a farm. A permanent exhibition illustrates the Morris family association with the Manor and village.

Collection details

Agriculture, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Personalities, Design

Key artists and exhibits

  • William Morris. Jane Morris. May Morris. Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Philip Webb. Edward Burne Jones. W. A. S. Benson.
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Volunteer in the doorway at Kelmscott Manor

2018 Opening Day

  • 4 April — 31 October 2018 *on now

Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays through 31 October.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults - £11 (including gift aid)
Concessions - £5.50 (including gift aid)

Website

http://www.kelmscottmanor.org.uk

Topary of hedge and manor house

"Only there is Life" The artists Edward and Stephani Scott-Snell at Kelmscott Manor

  • 23 June — 31 October 2018 *on now

‘Only there is Life’ is Kelmscott Manor’s 2018 exhibition (opening 23 June). It centres on the Society of Antiquaries’ recent acquisition of paintings and drawings by the artists Edward and Stephani Scott-Snell, created during the period they were living at the Manor as self-described ‘guardians of the most beautiful house in the world’.

The Scott-Snells were the first tenants to occupy Kelmscott Manor following May Morris’s death in 1938, remaining there for eight intense years. They, in their turn, responded to Kelmscott’s many qualities of atmosphere and age, and so added to the Manor’s continuing creative legacy. Working closely together – often on the same canvas – they executed a significant volume of work, much of which was made in direct response to the house and its setting. Several of these pieces will be on display in the exhibition, alongside other works representing ‘Thessyros’, the erotically-charged imaginary world central to the pair’s creative output.

Both Edward and Stephani were devotees of William Morris, and toured local schools giving lectures about him, hoping to enthuse the coming generation, as well as create much-needed income. Their abiding admiration for William Morris was expressed in the book they co-authored, entitled Warrior Bard (published in 1948), a biography of their hero.

Whilst living as far from the maelstrom of the Second World War as they could get, Edward and Stephanie penned many observations about the remote Manor and its gardens in the form of diary entries and correspondence – describing the Manor as ‘the most enchanted place on earth!’. Their writings reveal glimpses into how the house both looked and functioned during the 1940s, and will be used in the exhibition’s interpretation.

The exhibition is co-curated by Dr Kathy Haslam (Heritage Manager at Kelmscott Manor) and Joscelyn Godwin Hon FSA, Edward and Stephani’s younger son. Professor Godwin recently edited The Starlight Years: Love and War at Kelmscott Manor (2015), constructed from selected letters and diary entries by Edward and Stephani, and illustrated by several of the paintings and drawings now in the Manor’s collection.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Admission included with a purchase of a ticket to the Manor.

Getting there

Located less the 3 miles from Lechlade on the B4449 (we are signposted from the A417 and A4095) Follow the brown tourism signs to the car park and enjoy the 8 minute walk through the village to the Manor. Public transport is not available. The Thames Path is minutes from the Manor. A private boat mooring and cycle racks are available.

Kelmscott Manor
Kelmscott
nr Lechlade
Oxfordshire
GL7 3HJ
England

Website

www.kelmscottmanor.org.uk

E-mail

admin@kelmscottmanor.org.uk

Telephone

Enquiries and bookings

01367 252486

Administration

01367 253348

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