Letter: William Morris's neglected grave

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Sir: I would like David James (Letters, 31 August) to know that over the last two months I have been studying biographical details of William Morris, and I am fully aware of this great man's ideals. The object of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, which he founded in 1877, was to preserve historic buildings and oppose fashionable restoration of churches - in no way was it directed at gravestones in churchyards.

During William Morris's centenary year there has been great activity in sales of related merchandise in shops attached to art galleries and museums, and I think it is deplorable that in 1996 the memorial of Britain's greatest designer of the Arts and Crafts Movement should be a subsiding burial site.

DOROTHY BILTCLIFFE

Broadway, Hereford and Worcester

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