Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall is a country house situated in the English county of North Yorkshire. The river Rye, which gives its name to the local area, Ryedale, runs past the house, flowing away from the village of Nunnington. Nunnington Hall is owned, conserved and managed as a visitor attraction by the National Trust.

It was William Parr who built the oldest parts of the surviving house of Nunnington, which now form part of the west front. Following the forfeiture of the estate after his death in 1571, Nunnington was again subject to let. One of the tenants was Dr Robert Huicke who was physician to both Catherine Parr and Elizabeth I. Dr Huicke was to be the one to tell the Queen that she would never have children. Huicke never lived at Nunnington however and the estate was managed by stewards. The sub-lease was granted to Thomas Norcliffe in 1583 and the family made many alterations over the next sixty years.

The present building is a combination of seventeenth and eighteenth century work. Major changes took place during the early 1920s, under the architect Walter Brierley. Most of the building seen today was created during the 1680s, when Richard Graham, 1st Viscount Preston, was its owner.

The day we visited, Sunday 18th March, Mother’s Day, was warm and sunny allowing us to eat lunch in the grounds of the hall with the resident Peacocks. Also, we were lucky enough to catch the last day of the Salvador Dali exhibition where a number of his works were on display for us to view and try to make sense of!

We also called in on St. Gregory’s Minster and Beadlam Roman Villa on the way home as we had members with us who were unable to be with us when we visited these sites a couple of years ago.