Friday, 17 July 2009
The Red House Arts and Crafts show
This last weekend, Chris and I drove to Bexley Heath in Kent (south east London) to do an Arts and Crafts show at the Red House. Here we are at the front of our house all packed up and ready to go. My car is on a high pavement here and the road is down there on the right with a drop of about 3 feet that gradually runs down to nothing at the end of the pavement. It was easier for us to load up at the front.I wasn't looking forward to the drive as our motorways can get quite crowded, specially the M25 which circles around London. Here is the approach to getting onto the M25. The journey should take 2 and 3/4 hours, but it took 4 hours due to the volume of traffic which is always bad on a Friday afternoon/evening.So, we finally made it to the Red House. As you can see, this house was built for William Morris by his architect friend Philip Webb. Morris was the instigator of the Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and he inspired many people around him to get away from the mass produced factory way of making furniture and other items used in the home like textiles, pottery etc.The Arts and Crafts fair we were invited to show at was to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Red House being built. It is a fantastic building and so this first of three posts is showing the house from various angles. This is the main entrance.A side view.The beautiful round well.An arched back entrance to the house.The other side view.I love these red tiles and the different angles in the roof.Here are a couple of shots of the very sweet windows with arched decoration.I really loved this dinky little window. Very impractical I should think!Here's an overall shot of all the different angles used in the roof and all the different shaped windows. It's a great building. What must it have been like to live here!In my next post, I'll show some of the Arts and Craft workers stands including ours.