History

The residents

The stone hall formed the heart of the home at this time © Nunnington Hall, National Trust

The stone hall formed the heart of the home at this time

Early occupants

Nunnington Hall’s appearance is largely the result of the Graham and Rutson families but the property's Tudor beginnings is visible in alterations made by the Norcliffes. Sir Thomas Norcliffe’s decision to allow Parliamentary troops to be billeted at the hall had left the property “much out of repair".

The residents

This painting of Edward Graham and his sister hangs in the Oak Hall © NTPL, John Hammond

This painting of Edward Graham and his sister hangs in the Oak Hall

The Grahams

Transformers of the hall and staunch supporters of the Jacobite cause, opposing the deposition of James II and the succession of George I. Richard Graham’s inheritance of the hall in 1685 and involvement in the French Court lead to the remodelling of the property’s south front to reflect French architectural fashion.

The residents

William Rutson (1791-1867) on a Grey Hunter by John E Ferneley © NTPL, John Hammond

William Rutson (1791-1867) on a Grey Hunter by John E Ferneley

The Rutsons

In 1839, the Hall was sold to the Rutsons, a wealthy merchant family. The Rutsons used Nunnington as a sporting lodge, enjoying hunting, shooting and fishing.

The residents

The Fife's wedding in 1913 © The Clive Family

The Fife's wedding in 1913

The Fifes

Margaret Rutson inherited the hall in 1920. With her husband Colonel Fife, she oversaw a major restoration and modernisation project, returning Nunnington to its place as a family home. Nunnington Hall is displayed as the Fife family decorated it in 1920.

The residents

The Clives were the last residents of Nunnington Hall © National Trust, Robert Thrift

The Clives were the last residents of Nunnington Hall

The Clives

In 1946 Mrs Fife bequeathed Nunnington Hall to the Trust and her daughter Susan Clive and her family were tenants until 1978.

Conservation at Nunnington Hall

  • Under the floorboards

    Archaeologist Mark Newman has been investigating under the floorboards to reveal Nunnington Hall’s se...

  • Rescuing the baby house from year of damage and neglect. © Nunnington Hall, National Trust

    The Baby House

    Last year Mrs Fife’s Baby House underwent restoration, the finished project is in the West Bedroom.

Unwelcome guests

To stop creatures from eating our heritage the conservation team have a number of conservation tools to hand. Find out more about what the team do on a daily basis and why they do it here.

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