William Morris is unique among British historical figures in that there are no fewer than four buildings associated with him have been preserved and are open to the public: Water House, Walthamstow (now the William Morris Gallery), Red House, Bexleyheath (owned by the National Trust), Kelmscott House, Hammersmith (home of the William Morris Society), and Kelmscott Manor, Oxfordshire (Society of Antiquaries). We have just learned of a fifth, William Morris House, located in Wimbledon, South London, not far from where Morris and Co. operated its Merton Abbey works. The building is used for local community meetings and arts events.
William Morris House is presenting a public celebration of the 175th anniversary of the birth of William Morris, described as “Wimbledon’s internationally renowned former employer, designer, and radical,” on Saturday, 24 October. The event will feature a short llustrated talk by local Morris biographer Dave Saxby (Museum of London), the author of William Morris in Merton. Saxby will show previously unpublished pictures of the Morris & Co works at Merton Abbey. Visitors will also be able to see two original stained glass windows designed by Edward Burne Jones and produced by Morris at Merton Abbey. The windows were presented to William Morris House by a local family and were recently restored.
Saturday, 24 October
7.30 p. m.
Free admission (complimentary wine and pizza)
William Morris House
267 The Broadway
Wimbledon SW19 1SD UK
(opposite the Polka Theatre)For more information contact:
Chair of William Morris House
07715 749 373 mob
020 8542 8223 work