7 Hammersmith Terrace
7 Hammersmith Terrace
A Georgian terraced house on the River Thames, 7 Hammersmith Terrace was the home of Emery Walker, a close friend and mentor of the Victorian Arts and Crafts pioneer William Morris. Walker was a printer by trade, a profession that helped cement his friendship with Morris, who shared his socialist leanings and views on art and craftsmanship.

The house is like a time capsule; the interiors have been preserved as they were during the residence of Mr Walker, who died in 1931. This has been called the 'last authentic Arts and Crafts interior' in the country. While that claim is open to some interpretation, the house is worth a visit for the beautifully furnished rooms.

The house is part of a terrace composed of 17 individual properties, in a location between the Lower Mall of Hammersmith and Chiswick Mall. The terrace was built sometime in the 1750s, at a time when Hammersmith was very much a rural outpost of London. Emery Walker moved to Hammersmith Terrace in the 1870s, residing first at No 3, before moving into No 7 in 1903.

In many ways, the interiors are similar to those of other leading figures in the Arts and Crafts Movement, such as Moris's house in Upper Mall, a short distance away. Here you will find Morris wallpaper, furniture, and textiles, as well as ceramics and further textiles from North Africa and the Middle East, plus 17th and 18th-century British furniture.

One of the rare items at No 7 is a small section of original Morris linoleum, in the Hall. This is thought to be the only example of original Morris linoleum still in situ. In the Dining Room is an oak chest and bookcase designed by Philip Webb, another leading Arts and Crafts member. There are also several Morris mementoes, including his library chair, and pairs of his spectacles. Throughout the house are further examples of original Morris works.

Number 7 Hammersmith Terrace is operated by a charitable trust and is open to visitors for pre-booked, guided tours.