Red House

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Yesterday we were in Bexleyheath, and went knocking at Red House, the home of pattern designer William Morris.  He sadly wasn’t in! But we made do with the friendly tour guide…

Morris commissioned and built the house in the 1850’s, but only lived there until 1865 when he left to set up his business, ‘Morris & Company,’ in central London.

The building, quite obviously, gets its name from the red brick, and the design was strongly influenced by French Chateaus and Kentish Oast houses…

Inside the house are many of the original features that were designed by both William Morris and his friend Philip Webb, including these cute stained glass windows…

  

The ceiling designs were particularly impressive, with very bold colours and pattern…

Restoration of the original interior decoration is still taking place but it is exciting to think what all the rooms are hiding behind their panels…

Throughout the house were many example of Morris’s designs which I shall share with you in a separate post – there are quite a few!  For now, here is one – ‘Apple’ which is the wallpaper in the hallway…

 If you are a William Morris fan I would definitely recommend a visit! 🙂

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