Emery Walker moved into No 7 Hammersmith Terrace in 1903, but he had already spent 25 years in the neighbouring house. He certainly didn’t have too far to move and much of the contents of No 3 Hammersmith Terrace came with him.
The style of the interior decoration of the house is today very much as it was when Walker lived there. It is typical of the homes of many of the key figures in the Arts and Crafts movement. Photographs of the interiors of William Morris’s home, Kelmscott House at Upper Mall, show a similar combination of Morris & Co textiles, wallpapers and furniture; 17th-and 18th -century furniture; and Middle Eastern and North African textiles and ceramics.
No 7 Hammersmith Terrace: A Short Tour
Visitors enter the narrow hallway, still furnished with Morris hangings, and, just visible beneath the rugs, the only example of Morris lino surviving in situ.
The gathering point for visitors before the tour begins is the kitchen, now used as a small shop. It was the Telephone Room in Sir Emery’s day but was turned into a kitchen c.1960, when the original kitchen in the basement became a separate flat. Displayed in the kitchen are some of Emery Walker’s Chinese ceramics as well as Victorian copper pots and pans and other kitchenware.
The Dining Room
This atmospheric room has deep blue-green Morris wallpaper and woodwork. It also features a superb green-stained oak plan chest and a wall bookcase designed for him by Philip Webb (1831-1915). Webb was the architect who designed William Morris’s first home Red House, in Kent, which is now a National Trust property.
Philip Webb was a leading member of the Arts and Crafts movement. When Webb died, he left all his possessions to Emery Walker. Many of these items, including important pieces of his own furniture and those which he had designed for Morris & Co., as well as books and other personal items survive in the house.
The dining room also features a number of mementoes of William Morris himself, including a 17th-century chair from his library which was given to Walker after Morris’s death by his widow, Janey. Rather movingly, in a drawer in this room we found several pairs of Morris’s spectacles and even a cutting of his hair, which serves as a poignant reminder of the close friendship Walker and Morris shared.