Kelmscott House

Kelmscott House dates from the 1780s and is now chiefly associated with the designer, poet and socialist William Morris [1834-96] who lived here from 1878 until his death. He was not the first distinguished man to live in the house - in 1816 Sir Francis Ronalds constructed the first electric telegraph in the garden and in 1867 George MacDonald, the well known writer moved in; two of his most popular childrens' books, At the Back of the North Wind [1871] and The Princess and the Goblin [1873] were written here.
The Society's premises are open on Thursday and Saturday afternoons from 14.00 to 17.00 and at other times by appointment. School groups and private tours are welcomed.

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