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Heaven on Earth in Kelmscott

By Linda Tancs

William Morris, a leader of the Arts and Crafts Movement, found much of the inspiration for his designs in the beauty of his Cotswold retreat, Kelmscott Manor. Describing it as “heaven on earth,” he was enchanted by the beauty of its gardens, meadow and stream as well as by the way the house harmonized with its environment. Now owned by the Society of Antiquaries of London, the Grade 1-listed manor house contains a collection of the possessions and works of Morris, his family and associates that includes furniture, original textiles, pictures and paintings, carpets, ceramics and metalwork. The manor is located along the Thames in the picturesque village of Kelmscott with easy access to the Thames Path. Better hurry; the manor is closed from November to March for conservation and maintenance.

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