Garsington Manor, Oxford.
Garsington Manor, in the village of
Garsington, near Oxford, England, is a Tudor building, best known as the
former home of Lady Ottoline Morrell, the Bloomsbury Group socialite.
The manor house was built on land once owned by the son of the poet Geoffrey Chaucer, and at one time had the name “Chaucers”.
Garsington became a haven for the Morrells’ friends, including D. H.
Lawrence, Siegfried Sassoon, Lytton Strachey, Aldous Huxley, Mark
Gertler, and Bertrand Russell.
In 1916, they invited
conscientious objectors, including Clive Bell and other “Bloomsberries”,
to come and work on the home farm for the duration of World War I, to
avoid prosecution. Aldous Huxley spent some time here before he wrote
Crome Yellow, a book which contains a ridiculous character obviously
intended as a caricature of Lady Ottoline Morrell; she never forgave