William Morris, founder of the Arts and Craft movement, lived in this beautiful 18th-century house on the banks of the River Thames during the last 18 years of his life.

Morris was not not the first distinguished man to live in the house - in 1816 Sir Francis Ronalds constructed the first electric telegraph in the garden. Fifty years later, writer George MacDonald moved in, and it was here that he wrote the children's books At the Back of the North Wind (1871) and The Princess and the Goblin (1873).

Morris took a lease on the house in April 1878 and almost immediately changed the name from The Retreat to Kelmscott House, after Kelmscott Manor, his 17th century country house in Gloucestershire.


Permanent collection

The majority of the William Morris Society’s collection at Kelmscott House comes from the generous legacy of Mrs Marion Helena Stephenson, who also bequeathed the building. The collection contains a number of Kelmscott Press titles and working proofs as well as the only printing press used by Morris left in the country.

The Society has a comprehensive collection of Morris and Company wallpapers, watercolour designs, and a selection of textiles, ranging from a Hammersmith rug and woven hangings to printed cottons, silks and embroideries.

Kelmscott House

Free to all

26 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, London, Greater London, W6 9TA

020 8741 3735

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Opening times

Saturdays 2pm – 5pm Other times by appointment

PLEASE NOTE THAT KELMSCOTT HOUSE ITSELF IS PRIVATELY OWNED AND NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. The Society is based in the Coach house and Basement.

School groups and private tours are welcomed.

With a National Art Pass you get

10% off in shop
The Kelmscott House shop stocks a wide range of gifts including china, textiles, books and stationery all inspired by the work of William Morris, founder of the Arts and Craft movement. Enjoy 10% off all purchases during your next visit with your National Art Pass.
Valid until December 2022

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