William Morris,the designer, was born in Walthamstow in 1834 and lived in this house as a teenager.
Coming from a wealthy family, they were not pleased by his choice of artist as a career rather than clergyman. The house is now the William Morris Gallery and tells the story of his life as well as displaying examples of his work.
A rose trellis inspired this design, his first ever wallpaper.
In 1880 this design was used to decorate The Grand Staircase at St James's Palace.
It was another of Morris's designs on silk damask that upholstered George V's coronation throne. The photograph of the throne was used in the Morris and Co catalogue. The Royal connection made a good publicity coup.
Many of his printing blocks were displayed in this room.
At the back of the house there is a public park.