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In 1881, William Morris established his ideal factory at Merton Abbey within the existing timber workshops surrounded by trees, gardens and fields on the banks of the river Wandle. Here, Morris & Co produced the beautiful tapestries, hand-knotted carpets, woven and hand-printed textiles and stained-glass windows. This talk focuses on the lives of the Merton Abbey workers and their relationship with their boss, William Morris.


This talk was delivered by David Saxby, senior archaeologist at Museum of London Archaeology, who excavated on the site of Merton Abbey and is the author of William Morris at Merton. 

Morris & Co. at Merton Abbey

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