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Red House, Bexleyheath, England. William Morris



Red House, Bexleyheath, near London, England.


Red House in Bexleyheath in the southern suburbs of London, England, is a key building in the history of the Arts and Crafts movement and of 19th century British architecture.


It was designed by its owner, William Morris, and the architect Philip Webb, with wall paintings and stained glass by Edward Burne-Jones.

Morris wanted a home for himself and his new wife, Jane.

He also desired to have a “Palace of Art” in which he and his friends could enjoy producing works of art.

The house is of warm red brick with a steep tiled roof and an emphasis on natural materials.

The garden is also significant, being an early example of the idea of a garden as a series of exterior “rooms”.

Morris wanted the garden to be an integral part of the house, providing a seamless experience.

The “rooms” were comprised of a herb garden, a vegetable garden, and two rooms full of old-fashioned flowers — jasmine, lavender, roses, and an abundance of fruit trees — apple, pear and quince.

Morris lived with Jane in the house for only five years, during which time their two daughters, Jenny and May, were born.

Upon leaving, Morris vowed never to return.

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