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Coordinates: 51°41′42″N 1°38′17″W / 51.695°N 1.638°W / 51.695; -01.638

Kelmscott is located in Oxfordshire

 Kelmscott shown within Oxfordshire
OS grid reference SU2499
Parish Kelmscott
District West Oxfordshire
Shire county Oxfordshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LEchlade
Postcode district GL7
Dialling code 01367
Police Thames Valley
Fire Oxfordshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Witney
List of places: UK • England • Oxfordshire

Kelmscott is a village and civil parish on the River Thames in West Oxfordshire, about 2 miles (3.2 km) east of Lechlade in neighbouring Gloucestershire.


Parish church

Parish church of St. George

The nave of the Church of England parish church of Saint George was built in about 1190 in the transitional style between Norman and Early English, and the chancel is probably of the same date.[1] The building has transepts that were added in about 1260.[1] The clerestorey of the nave was added in the 15th century.[1] Many of the windows of the nave and chancel are additions in the Perpendicular Gothic style, including the east window of the chancel.[1]

In the churchyard is the tomb of William Morris, designed by Philip Webb. Morris featured the church in his novel News from Nowhere, when in the final part of the book the Guest is taken there for the feast.

Kelmscott Manor

Kelmscott Manor is a Cotswold stone house, built in about 1570 and extended late in the 17th century.[1] It was the country home of William Morris from 1871 until his death in 1896. He drew great inspiration from the unspoilt authenticity of the house's architecture and craftsmanship, and its organic relationship with its setting. Kelmscott Manor now belongs to the Society of Antiquaries of London.[2]

Morris renamed his London town house Kelmscott House in honour of Kelmscott when he purchased it in April 1879 and named his private press, which he started in 1891, Kelmscott Press.



  1. ^ a b c d e Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, page 665
  2. ^ Kelmscott Manor


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