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