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Kelmscott Manor, Kelmscott, Lechlade, Glos.

Thursday 11 July 2019

11th July 2019

Departure times: Liss Village Car Park 8.00am, Peterfield Festival Hall 8.15am. Return around 6.30pm

Kelmscott Manor was the inspirational Cotswold retreat of William Morris - poet, craftsman and socialist - from 1871 until his death in 1896. He jointly leased the property with his friend and colleague, Dante Gabriel Rossettti, the pre-Raphaelite artist. On his death, it was purchased by his wife, Jane Morris. Wiliam and Jane Morris and ther two children are buried in the grounds of nearly St George's church.

A Grade I listed manor house on three floors with beautiful gardens by the River Thames, Kelmscott Manor contains an outstanding collection of the possessions and works of William Morris, his family and associates; including furniture, original textiles, pictures and paintings (with works by Rosetti), carpets, ceramics and metalwork.

On arrival around 10.30am we will have coffee and home-made biscuits while listening to an introductory talk, followed by a room-by-room guided tour. Please note that there are stairs to the first flooor and a spiral staircase to the attic rooms on the top floor. There is no lift.

In the afternooon, there will be free time to wander in the garden and shop, to take the short walk along the 200 metre Thames path to the river or to take the slightly longer walk (10-12 minutes) to St George's Church and Kelmscott villlage. The tearoom at the manor will be open and the coach will leave Kelmscott Manor at 4.00pm.

Tickets will be on sale to members at the April meeting. Please note that due to coach size access restrictions, the maximum number for this visit will be 36.

The visit includes an excellent Ploughman's Lunch at 12.30pm with a choice of ham, Cheddar, Brie or Stilton and a selection of breads, including gluten-free.

Cost: £44.00 (includes coach travel, admission fee, morning coffee, lunch and gratuities). Payment by cash or cheque made out to the Arts Society Petersfield.

Those on the waiting list are welcome to apply for places on the visit one month after tickets go on sale.

Visits' organisers:           Anne Church      tel: 01730 265171

                                    Janet Marshall        tel: 01730 263127