Inside Nunnington Hall
Nunnington Hall sits on the quiet bank of the River Rye. A dwelling of status is recorded here from 1249, but the existing house has grown out of a Tudor hall. Over the past 450 years the house and estate has been altered to suit a succession of owners and tenants. But the house we see today is a fascinating combination of renovation and re-purpose, creating the atmospheric and comfortable home.
In 1920 Nunnington Hall, now in a poor state and uninhabited for a number of years, was inherited by Margaret Fife from her uncle, Henry. Margaret had always adored Nunnington, and as a girl used to stay in a farmhouse in the village and became very attached to the dilapidated house, ‘the big house’.
On your visit don’t miss…..
The Stone Hall
The Smoking Room & Lord Prestons Room
The Oak Hall
During Lord Preston’s remodelling, in the late 17th-century, this room became an entrance hall. It was fitted out accordingly with impressive door-cases with open topped pediments, a screen of three arches and a stone floor laid in a sophisticated pattern of squares and hexagons.
The Baby House
This beautiful family Baby House belonged to Margaret Fife and inherited it from her mother Mary. It is called a Baby House because if it’s small-scale, it may have been made for the amusement of a grown woman rather than a child.
Although its design is late 18th century, many Baby Houses lagged behind contemporary design by thirty years or more, and it was actually made in 1810. Displayed within the rooms, you can see a set of 18th century Grodenthal dolls. These specific types of dolls are recognisable from their jointed arms and fish- tail hands, with the females also carrying a comb in their hair.