Friends excursion: Kelmscott Manor, Gloucestershire
Enjoy a private visit to Kelmscott Manor, the Arts and Crafts-style Grade II-listed farmhouse that was the country home of the writer, designer and socialist, William Morris.
Built around 1600, Kelmscott Manor sits adjacent to the river Thames in Gloucestershire. Morris lived in the house between 1871 and 1896 and saw it as a work of true craftsmanship, totally unspoilt. Describing its harmony with the surrounding countryside, he said the house was as if it had “grown up out of the soil”. The Manor’s beautiful gardens provided him with a constant source of inspiration. The house contains an outstanding collection of the possessions and works of Morris, his family and his Arts and Crafts contemporaries, including furniture, original textiles, pictures, carpets, ceramics and metalwork.
After lunch at Kelmscott’s pub, The Plough Inn, we’ll enjoy a private afternoon tour of the Manor. Friends can soak up the tranquillity and peacefulness of Kelmscott village with a stroll from the Manor to St George’s Church, where Morris, his wife Jane and his daughters Jenny and May are buried. On the way, we’ll pass cottages designed by Morris’s friend Phillip Webb and the Morris Memorial Hall.
● Fully booked
Thursday 28 June 2018
10am — 7.30pm
Meet RA representatives and coach on Piccadilly outside the RA. Please note that the coach will depart promptly at 10am.
£95. Includes coach travel, two-course set lunch with a glass of wine and a cream tea.