National Trust

National Trust buys William Morris’s house

Red House, Bexleyheath, to be preserved for the nation


The National Trust has succeeded in making its second great acquisition of the year. After Tintesfield, the neo-Gothic mansion in Somerset, last month it bought the Red House, the former home of William Morris. Built in 1859 in what is now a suburb of London, Bexleyheath, it was designed for Morris by his friend, Philip Webb. It contains many of the original furnishings, including paintings by Burne-Jones and Rossetti, has been lovingly looked after since 1952 by the architect, Edward Hollamby, who died in 1999. A private donor has offered land which can be sold to raise the £2 million needed for the purchase and the endowment.