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Brief description of site

Kelmscott Manor was the country home of William Morris from 1871 until 1896. The gardens associated with the 16th-century farmhouse are laid out in compartments and feature a formal garden, barns, a dovecote, a stream and a meadow.

Brief history of site

The original house was probably built by Richard Turner (died 1600) or his son Thomas. A block to the north-east was probably added before 1682. In 1871 the manor was leased jointly to William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Rossetti moved to London in 1874, and Kelmscott became the Morris family's second home. Kelmscott and the surrounding countryside had a great influence on Morris' creative work, and images drawn therefrom appear frequently in his poetry, prose and designs for textiles and wallpapers.

Location information:

Address: Kelmscott Manor, Kelmscott, Lechlade, Gloucestershire, GL7 3HJ

Locality: Lechlade

Local Authorities:

Oxfordshire; West Oxfordshire; Kelmscott

Historical County: Oxfordshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 164 Grid Ref: SU251988
Latitude: 51.6874 Longitude: -1.63831


The Manor is in the village of Kelmscott, about 25 kilometres south-west of Oxford. There is a 10 minute walk from the car park by the church.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

Kelmscott Manor is open from April to September at restricted times. For details ring 01367 252486 and see:

Key information:

Form of site: compartment

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: historic house

Site Style : Arts and Crafts

Site first created: Before 1600

Main period of development: Late 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 3

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