and Morris agreed to share the rent of £60 a year on
Kelmscott Manor, An Oxfordshire farmhouse of the sixteenth
and seventeenth centuries.
For Morris, Kelmscott had the beauty and magic of a dream.
Fields and water and Cotswold stone seemed to realise the
ideal of man's dignified life in harmony with nature. Much
later he was to write how 'through it's south window you could
not only catch a glimpse of the Thames clover meadows and
the pretty little elm-crowned hill over in Berkshire, but
if you sit in the proper place, you can see not only the barn
with it's beautiful sharp gable, the grey stone sheds,
and the dove-cot, but also the flank of the earlier house
and it's little gables and grey scaled roofs.'
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