William Morris

William Morris

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William Morris

William Morris

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WILLIAM MORRIS was born at Elm House, Walthamstow, on the 24th of March 1834. The Morrises were of Welsh origin. His grandfather was the first of the family to drop the Welsh Ap from his name. His father, a bill and discount broker, married Emma Shelton, the daughter of a music-teacher in Worcester. Their first two children were girls. William was the eldest son, and there were six younger children. When he was six years old the Morrises left Elm House for Woodford Hall, on the other side of Epping Forest. It is a happy chance that his whole childhood may be seen at a glance, as on a single splendid fragment of his own romance-empurpled tapestry. About the year 1841, any one wandering near Woodford Hall, within sight of the Thames with its "white and ruddy-brown sails moving among cornfields," might have been surprised by the vision of a curly haired young knight in glittering armour, riding through the strange glades of hornbeam on one of Titania's palfreys--a pony such as in Fairyland might have been ,tethered to a poppy or stabled in a tree." But here, in broad noon, it was pacing proudly beneath . . .

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