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William Morris's Red House - Visit the English Home of the Arts&Crafts Movement


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A Landmark of Domestic Architecture and Garden Design.
William Morris's Red House - An Arts and Crafts Movement Treasure

The Red House commissioned by William Morris and designed by Philip Webb

© Ferne Arfin
The Red House was the only building ever commissioned by 19th century artist and designer William Morris. The house, in Bexley Heath, just south of London, was designed by Morris's friend, Philip Webb. It is considered to be of great international significance in the history of domestic architecture and garden design.

The Red House was frequented by many other artists and writers of the period, including Dante and Christina Rosetti, Augustus and Gwen John. Some added their own personal touches, which can still be seen. Pre-Raphaelite Edward Burn-Jones, a frequent visitor, designed some of the stained glass and, inside an upstairs closet, there's a primitive painting attributed to Gwen John.

To Visit The Red House

  • Location: Red House Lane, Bexleyheath DA6 8JF, England
  • Telephone: (011) 44 (0)208 304 9878
  • Open: March 1 to December 30, 11a.m. to 4:15p.m., Wednesday to Sunday.
  • Admission: By guided tour only, last tour starts 45 minutes before closing and tours must be booked in advance. Tickets cost £6.40 for adults and £3.20 for children. A family ticket is £16.
  • Getting There: Bexley Heath station is 3/4 mile from The Red House. Regular trains from London Victoria and London Charing Cross take about half an hour to Bexley Heath.
  • More information: The Red House Website

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