Day out in Bexleyheath. Why you ask? I visited two very different houses today. The first was in the Arts and Crafts style and the second was a Georgian mansion.
Red House, built for and owned by William Morris. Morris was one of the leading designers of the Arts and Crafts movement and a devout socialist. His home was built by Philip Webb out of red brick. The gardens were designed in the formal Italian style but later torn out and replanted by Gertrude Jekyll. The house is now owned by the National Trust and there are no huge funds to keep it going so as money is available more work is done on the house. If you are interested in reading more about William Morris, there are numerous books on his life and homes.
One side note, it is easy to be a socialist when you inherit 90% of your father’s fortune and all his copper mines. Calling Morris a multi millionaire is putting it mildly.
The second home I visited was a complete opposite to Red House. Danson House is a Georgian mansion and was built for its owner as a summer house on 600 acres of lake and parkland. John Boyd, the owner, made his fortune first with sugar plantations and then in the slave trade. The house is very formal.
Danson House 1762-1766