William Morris and Broadoaks
The 'Mortal Man' has no doubt been host to some interesting meetings over its long history but none more so than the chance meeting between Mr Hodges and William Morris.
When on a fishing trip to the Lakes William Morris and Ford Madox Brown stopped in at Troutbeck church to visit Edward Burne-Jones from the Morris Company who was completing the stained glass window at Jesus Church.
Morris and Maddox Brown added their own touches to the window making it the truly unusual and spectacular window it is today. Probably thirsty from their endeavors Morris called in at 'The Mortal Man' and met Mr. Hodges where after a few jars he was commissioned to decorate the Music Room that Mr. Hodges was planning to create, its not often a drunken plan turns out so well!
Guess how many hours the ornate plaster work took to paint? If you are within 5 hours we will buy you a drink, if not then you buy us one! Deal or no deal?
William Morris A Brief History
William Morris (24 March 1834 - 3 October 1896) was an English textile designer, artist, writer, and socialist associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the English Arts and Crafts Movement. He founded a design firm in partnership with the artist Edward Burne-Jones, and the poet and artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti which profoundly influenced the decoration of churches and houses into the early 20th century. As an author, illustrator and medievalist, he is considered an important writer of the British Romantic movement, helping to establish the modern fantasy genre; and a direct influence on postwar authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien. He was also a major contributor to reviving traditional textile arts and methods of production, and one of the founders of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, now a statutory element in the preservation of historic buildings in the UK.
Morris wrote and published poetry, fiction, and translations of ancient and medieval texts throughout his life. His best-known works include The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems (1858), The Earthly Paradise (1868–1870), A Dream of John Ball (1888), the utopian News from Nowhere (1890), and the fantasy romance The Well at the World's End (1896). He was an important figure in the emergence of socialism in Britain, founding the Socialist League in 1884, but breaking with that organization over goals and methods by the end of the decade. He devoted much of the rest of his life to the Kelmscott Press, which he founded in 1891. Kelmscott was devoted to the publishing of limited-edition, illuminated-style print books. The 1896 Kelmscott edition of the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer is considered a masterpiece of book design.
"If I were asked to say what is at once the most important production of Art and the thing most to be longed for, I should answer, A beautiful House."