Queer Places:
Sparsholt Manor, Sparsholt, Winchester SO21 2NW, Regno Unito
Courtenay Lodge, Church St, Sutton Courtenay, Abingdon OX14 4NJ, Regno Unito
Bewley Court, Bewley Ln, Lacock, Chippenham SN15 2PG, Regno Unito

Oliver Frederick Ford (19 June 1925 – 17 October 1992) was an English interior designer.[1] He served as decorator to the Queen Mother after receiving Royal Warrant in 1974. His other clients included the Duke of Marlborough at Blenheim, Mrs Harry Oppenheimer, Lord McAlpine of West Green and The Dorchester.

He served in the Royal Air Force during World War II as a volunteer reserve, initially in signals, then in air sea rescue. Ford attended Arts University Bournemouth where he studied the decorative arts. He headed the London office of Jansen Ltd, a French firm of decorators.[2]

He appeared as a "castaway" on the BBC Radio programme Desert Island Discs on 5 March 1977.[3]

The surviving firm at the time of Ford's death, Oliver Ford, included a subsidiary, Howard Chairs.

Bewley Court, the 14th-century home owned by Ford, has its own chapel and more than a dozen gardens; it is a Grade I listed building near Lacock in Wiltshire.[4] As Ford left no heirs, Bewley Court was held by the Oliver Ford Charitable Trust, with proceeds donated to the mentally handicapped.[1] By 1995 the Trust had ceased[5] and was replaced by another registered charity, the Oliver Ford Foundation[6] (also known as the Oliver Ford Will Trust) which in 2016 made donations to charities working in mental health and with children and young people, and made grants to students at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal Horticultural Society and the Furniture History Society.[7]

Ford was born in Bournemouth, Dorset, and died at Lacock, Wiltshire.[1]


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/queerplaces/images/Oliver_Frederick_Ford