Woodford’s notable figures

January 1st 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge

If you love a bit of floral wallpaper you will have heard of William Morris, but you may not know he is one of the most notable figures with connections to Woodford.  The celebrated writer, artist, and craftsman Williams Morris was founder of the Arts and Crafts Movement. This movement was a nineteenth-century revivalist movement dedicated to restoring England's artisan traditions and some of his designs and ideas are still well loved to day.

As a child William Morris lived at Woodford Hall between 1840 and 1847. Woodford Hall was sadly demolished at the start of the 20th century but it stood on Woodford High Road on the site where the Woodford Parish Memorial Hall is now. 

If you want to find out more about probably one of Britain's most inspiring designers, The William Morris Gallery Nearest in Walthamstow is a real treat. It’s the only public gallery devoted to the life and legacy of William Morris the designer and craftsman.  It is open Wednesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm. 

Not only are there a host of exhibits to explore and learn from, the Gallery also runs regular workshops like this one on the 6th and the 7th January 2018 from 11:00 – 17:00.  These workshops offer the opportunity to embroider a design inspired by May Morris's intricately worked cloak.  The cloak is also on display in the May Morris Art and Life exhibition at the William Morris Gallery.  The workshop teaches the stitches May Morris favoured most in this workshop by Ornamental Embroidery, who specialise in teaching historic hand embroidery. Other events run throughout the year.