Emery Walker's House, 7 Hammersmith Terrace

Britain's last authentic I Arts & Crafts interior, the former home of printer and collector Emery Walker (1851-1933) who was friend and mentor to design guru, William Morris.

It's one of a terrace of 17 tall, narrow houses built in the 1750s between Chiswick Mall and Lower Mall, Hammersmith on the north bank of the Thames, an area which became popular with artists and other creative types. Barely changed since the '30s, the house has been dubbed 'an internationally important Arts & Crafts time warp'.

Emery Walker was a coachbuilder's son who found success by developing new printing techniques. He befriended William Morris who lived in nearby Upper Mall; it was Walker who gave Morris the idea for his famed Kelmscott Press.

Walker moved into 7 Hammersmith Terrace in 1903, although he had already spent 25 years at number 3. and many of its contents were relocated down the road. After his death, his daughter Dorothy inherited number 7 and it later passed to her nurse-companion Elizabeth de Hass who was instrumental in setting up the trust which manages the house.

From the outside, it's a traditional Georgian dwelling, but inside the decor and furnishings have been preserved as they were in Walker's lifetime, from its William Morris furniture, textiles, linoleum and wallpaper, to its Middle Eastern and North African ceramics and textiles. There's furniture and glass by Philip Webb, ceramics by William de Morgan and furniture by Ernest Gimson, as well as a crewelwork bedcover made by Morris's daughter May. Outside, a pretty, walled garden adjoins the river.

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