Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Kelmscott Manor cottages

Commissioned in 1914 by May Morris as a 
memorial to her parents and built by Ernest 
Gimson as an L-shaped semi-detached pair.
Stone, of rubble with ashlar dressings and
stone slates. The stack bears a commemorative

These Gimson cottages are most important
examples of the Arts and Crafts vernacular revival
of which Gimson was one of the most significant

Both sets of cottages together with the Morris
Memorial Hall represent the Morris family’s determination to
provide a permanent memorial to William Morris.
May’s editing of the first edition of her father’s
collected works and the eventual gift of the estate
and the Manor together with her establishment of
the William and Jane Morris fund for the repair
of churches under the aegis of the Society of
Antiquaries completed this task.

In the vicinity of the cottages are two small stone
barns (one used as a garage) and a converted
railway carriage.

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