Packwood for the nation
On 30 June 1941, Baron Ash gave Packwood, its collections, park and garden and £30,000 to the National Trust on memory of his parents.
In his ‘Memorandum of wishes’ Baron Ash said that all the furniture should be kept in the position he left it, no additions should be made to the furniture and that fresh flowers should be placed in the rooms. So long as Packwood was maintained as he instructed it would remain his legacy to posterity; a meticulously restored country house of Old England.
" If Packwood House looks an immaculate museum today, it was an immaculate museum when Baron lived in it. It was never a proper country house, with worn hats and tobacco pouches in the hall, dogs’ baskets and children’s toys in the living rooms. Heaven forbid! Baron would have died of horror at the very idea."
The National Trust is as faithful to Baron Ash’s wishes as possible; flowers are provided in season and the arrangement of rooms varies for practical or conservation reasons only.
A visit to Packwood is a journey round the private dream of a singular man.