In Warwickshire, England, Packwood is a medieval settlement and an old parish with 1760 acres. In 1194 the ownership of Packwood estate was disputed between the Bishop of Coventry and the Prior of Coventry.
In the small rural area is the sixteenth century Grade I listed National Trust property Packwood House, Packwood Hall (Grade II listed) and its adjacent church of St Giles.
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In Packwood, near Lapworth in Warwickshire, is Packwood House, a timber-framed Tudor manor house. Listed as a Grade I building, the house has been owned by the National Trust since 1941. Known for its yew gardens, it has a wealth of tapestries and fine furniture.
The house began as a modest timber-framed farmhouse built between 1556 and 1560 for John Fetherston. Fetherston died in 1876, the last member of the family. Alfred Ash, an industrialist from Birmingham, purchased the house in 1904. He spent the following two decades building a house filled with Tudor character, having inherited it in 1925 as Graham Baron Ash (Baron here is a name, not a title). He also acquired a collection of furniture from nearby Baddesley Clinton that was in the 16th and 17th centuries. By adding a Long Gallery in 1931, the great barn of the farm was converted into a Tudor-style Hall with sprung floors for dancing.
A memorial donation to the National Trust was made to Ash in 1941, but he continued to live there until 1947 when he moved to Wingfield Castle.
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