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Visit to Kelmscott Manor

The home of William Morris in the Cotswolds

Thurs 22nd Aug 2013

Following our Annual Art Lecture on the Pre-Raphaelites movement, this summer we managed to reserve a group visit to Kelmscott Manor, the home of William Morris in the Cotswolds. Armed with picnic baskets and sun hats, a group of 48 members and their friends boarded the coach at 9.00 at Braywick car park. We arrived at the Manor in Kelmscott near Lechdale in time for morning coffee and home made biscuits. This was followed by an introduction talk by one of the stewards on the history of the Manor, which started of as a large farmhouse, and its many inhabitants over the ages. We then found out how William Morris fell in love with the Manor on his first visit to the Cotswolds and leased it as his country retreat during his life, sharing it with his wife and daughter and many friends and followers. The house was enchanting, every room being decorated with beautiful wallpapers, tapestries, furniture and ceramics, all in the much loved Pre-Raphaelite style of the time. A real pleasure to the eye!

Afterwards we enjoyed a walk round the garden, village and church, before some of us had picnics in the shade while others enjoyed lunch in the local pub, The Plough in Kelmscott, a traditional countryside restaurant serving local fayre.

In the afternoon, we stopped at the Cotswolds Woollen Weavers, a craft centre housed in ancient 18C buildings which comprised a small textile museum, mill shop, art gallery and coffee shop. It was too warm for woollens, but many of us treated themselves to early Christmas presents! A delightful and memorable day, that complemented a very interesting Art lecture on the Pre-Raphaelites movement.

Michaela Howard

August 2013

 


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