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Red House in Bexleyheath in the southern suburbs of London, England is a key building in the history of the Arts and Crafts movement and of 19th century British architecture. It was designed by its owner William Morris and the architect Philip Webb, with wall paintings and stained glass by Edward Burne-Jones. The house is of warm red brick with a steep tiled roof and an emphasis on natural materials.

Red House
View of Red House from the garden

The garden is also significant, being an early example of the idea of a garden as a series of exterior "rooms".
The house was lived in as a family home for nearly 150 years. In 1952 Ted and Doris Hollamby moved into Red House: they restored the house and reinstated many of the original Arts and crafts features.


Window detail in Red House

The National Trust acquired Red House in 2003 and is carrying out further restoration and research to restore the house as closely as possible to its original condition. The house is open to the public, but at present visits are by guided tour only and must be booked in advance.