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  and The Princess and the Goblin  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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