Kelmscott Manor and The Old Library, Oxford Union

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 08.22am
Train departs for Charlbury, Oxfordshire

10.15am
Coffee and background talk

11.00amPathp
Private visit to Kelmscott Manor

The ‘loveliest haunt of ancient peace’  was how William Morris described the seventeenth-century Kelmscott Manor when he first saw it in 1871. It became a family retreat and, with its beautiful gardens, barns, dovecote, meadow and stream, provided a constant source of inspiration for Morris until his death in 1896. Today the house contains furnishings and works of art associated with Morris and his circle.

12.15pm
Lunch

1.30pm
A walk around Kelmscott Village

The charming village of Kelmscott – ‘a heaven on earth’ according to Morris – includes the medieval St. George’s Church where the Morris family are buried, and cottages designed by Philip Webb and Ernest Gimson, who also designed the Morris Memorial Hall.

3.15pm
Visit to the Old Library at the Oxford Union

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones worked on the series of murals in the Old Library at the Oxford Union between 1857 and 1859. The paintings depict scenes from the Arthurian legends.

5.01pm
Train departs for London (arriving 5.59pm)

Meeting Place
Paddington Station