A pictorial guide to the River Thames


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Kelmscot (Kelmscott) is a quiet Thames-side village, famous as the home of the 19th-century writer, designer, and political thinker William Morris.

Many of the houses in the village are built from honey tinted Cotswold stone (limestone).

Kelmscott Manor

Kelmscott Manor, a grade 1 listed Tudor farmhouse, was the summer home of William Morris from 1871 until his death in 1896. The Manor is built of local limestone on the edge of the village next to the Thames.

Kelmscott Manor
William Morris

Jasmine Wallpaper DesignInspired by flowersKelmscott Manor is surrounded by beautiful gardens with barns, dovecote, a meadow and a stream. The garden was a constant source of inspiration to Morris and the images are reflected in his textile and wallpaper designs. Morris also walked the banks of river collecting reeds, grasses and flowers for dyes and patterns for his textiles.

View of the infant Thames from behind Kelmscott Manor

Morris is buried with his wife & daughters in the graveyard of the small church in the village.

Kelmscott Church

The wall behind the altar is covered
with one of William Morris' patterns.
The grave of William Morris

The Thames continues meander it way through open meadows.

Start of Voyage down the Thames Contents Page Introduction
Facts about the Thames Flooding Thames Basin
Pollution Erosion Tributaries
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