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Red House, Bexleyheath

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Red House is a significant Arts and Crafts building located in the town of Bexleyheath in Southeast London, England. Co-designed in 1859 by the architect Philip Webb and the designer William Morris, it was created to serve as a family home for the latter, with construction being completed in 1860.Following an education at the University of Oxford, Morris decided to construct a rural house for him and his new wife, Jane Morris, within a commuting distance of central London. Purchasing a plot of land in what at the time was the village of Upton in Kent, he employed his friend Webb to help him design and construct the house, financing the project with money inherited from his wealthy family. Morris was deeply influenced by Medievalism and Medieval-inspired Neo-Gothic styles are reflected throughout the building's design. It was constructed using Morris' ethos of craftsmanship and artisan skills and is an early example of what came to be known as the Arts and Crafts movement.A number of Morris' friends visited, most notably the Pre-Raphaelite painters Edward Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, both of whom aided him in decorating the House; various Burne-Jones wall murals remain. While at Red House, Morris was involved in the formation of his design company, Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co., and embarked on his earliest wallpaper designs. It was also here that his two daughters, Jenny and May, were born. Although initially intending to live there for the rest of his life, Morris found that it proved too expensive to run and did not suit his lifestyle, moving out and selling the property after five years.
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  • Large family home but small by NT standards and with parking in the housing estate or near the high street access can be difficult. Having said that we enjoyed learning more about William Morris and h...  more »
  • If you are at all interested in the Arts-and-Crafts Movement or the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood you will love the Red House. If you are not a fan, you may only just like the place... but then again may...  more »
  • Lovely visit. Showed around by guide who was very knowledgeable. Mainly Morris wallpapers etc. but house and gardens beautiful. Well worth a visit if in area. National Trust property so free for membe...  more »
  • Very lovely and magic place for those we love arts and design. You will be inmersed in William Morris life and the Arts and crafts history. A great value you can't avoid if you're into arts. The ladies that guide you through the house are very warm and welcoming.
  • Very interesting. Use the Guided tour. Lovely house and Gardens. Don't expect much from the cafe!
  • We went on a 12pm tour on a very rainy Wednesday 9th August with my parents and boyfriend, we had a BRILLIANT and very informative tour from a lovely lady with red hair (I have forgotten her name sadly). Definitely book a tour if you go and try the hommity pie from their cafe! Also the rain didn't affect us at all, we still had an amazing time, you can see more of the gardens on a sunnier day though of course.
  • Fantastic place to spend the afternoon. We had a tour around the house itself and then were left to our own devices to explore the amazing gardens. Plenty of space to have a picnic and with garden games on hand there's plenty to keep you entertained outdoors and in.
  • Amazing building and gardens. Nice to to see all the restoration work going on.

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