STATELY home Kelmscott Manor has been named as one of the top 10 places telling the history of England’s art, architecture and sculpture.

The manor house in West Oxfordshire, once the home of textile designer William Morris, is a Grade I listed farmhouse dating back to the 16th century.

BBC arts editor Will Gompertz has linked up with Historic England to pick the top 10, which also includes St Paul’s Cathedral and Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North in Gateshead.

Mr Gompertz said: “William Morris in particular, and the Pre-Raphaelites in general, developed an aesthetic that married the past with the present in an art movement that prized people and craft above industry and profit.

“Kelmscott embodies Morris’s vision, his love of England, of tradition, of nature, and its sympathetic representation by sensitive and skilful artisans.”

The 10 places Mr Gompertz has chosen will be explored in new episodes of a podcast series, free on iTunes and Soundcloud. The podcast is presented by historian Suzannah Lipscomb.