William Morris Wallpapers
Seeing original Installations of William Morris wallpapers:
Two other houses owned by the National Trust in England are available today to visit that have extensive William Morris interiors. Regrettably, The National Trust does not allow photography in its properties now, after some security issues, so we can only show exterior views.
Standen in East Grinstead, Sussex, was also designed by Philip Webb. It was built in 1894 in the English Queen Anne style of domestic architecture, which included the exterior use of brick, tile-hanging and wood. It is a delightful place to visit, set on a light-filled hillside, with wonderful gardens, a fern grotto and a conservatory. There is also a tea room and gift shop for visitors to the house.
Trellis wallpaper can be seen in a hallway at Standen. The Dining Room, with its green-painted wainscot and blue and white china on oak shelves, is a distinctive Webb design. Other rooms have Morris wallpapers, fabrics and wallpapers as well, and it is good to see them in the setting that they were originally chosen for. Designs to be seen at Standen include: Trellis wallpaper; Daffodil fabric; Larkspur wallpaper; Tulip chintz and Willow Bough wallpaper, among others.
Wightwick Manor, near Wolverhampton, England, was built in 1887 and 1893.
Now owned by The National Trust, it is one of the best Morris interiors
available to visit, featuring many Morris wallpapers, tapestries and stenciled ceilings.
There are also Pre-Raphaelite paintings, Victorian gardens, and woodland to see.
Wightwick Manor (pronounced “Wittick”) is now owned by The National Trust. Set in a garden of clipped topiary bushes near Wolverhampton England, Wightwick Manor gives a darker, richer version of Morris interiors. Filled with nooks and passageways, panelling, beamed ceilings and stained glass windows, Wightwick is a handsome medieval-revival house.
Morris designs to be seen at Wightwick Manor include: Pimpernel Handprint wallpaper in the Billiard Room; Cray cotton; Honeysuckle in linen used as a wallcovering; and Wild Tulip wallpaper in a beautiful raspberry-red colourway in the Dining Room.