Set high in the Chilterns, Nuffield Place, near Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire is the only surviving home with its contents intact of William Morris, Lord Nuffield.
Left almost exactly as it was when Lord Nuffield died, the house and its contents are a revealing and intimate glimpse into the character, interests and life of one of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs and benefactors, yet a man who remains relatively unknown today.
The house is also a rare survival of a complete, upper-middle class home of the 1930s. It retains the majority of the furniture and contents acquired by Lord and Lady Nuffield when they took up residence, as well as having several rooms still decorated in the 1930's style.
Many of Lord and Lady Nuffield’s personal belongings are still where they left them, offering an intimate glimpse into their world. Robes worn to official functions, personal letters and books, and framed cartoons and photographs can be seen throughout the house.
Much of the original decoration and many of the furnishings also remain making it a rare example of a complete 1930s country home.
Lord Nuffield’s love of mechanical things can be seen behind cupboard doors in his bedroom which hid a miniature workshop with lathe and tools. It was here that he would relieve nights of insomnia by doing delicate metal work.