Nunney and Johnnie Walker

Johnnie Walker ad (1927), by John Nunney

Twenty years before Rob Walker moved to Nunney Court, there was an earlier chance encounter between Nunney and Johnnie Walker whisky.

Johnnie Walker ad (1927), by John NunneyThe artist John Nunney (died 1966) designed commercial ads as well as propaganda posters and print ads for the Colonial Office, HM Stationery Office and other government departments.

Many of his designs are now in the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Imperial War Museum and other museum collections. They often depict the war effort in the colonies during the 1940s in vibrant colours.

In 1927 he designed a print ad for Johnnie Walker whisky – and signed it bottom right.


Help West Africa to Work for Victory
Help West Africa to Work for Victory, by John Nunney © IWM (Art.IWM PST 15400)
In 1947 Rob Walker, heir to the Johnnie Walker fortune and the most successful private Formula One team owner in racing history, moved to Nunney Court, on Donkey Lane in Nunney.

Rob Walker
Rob Walker (1917 – 2002)
With the property came ownership of Nunney Castle and the title of Lord of the Manor of Nunney, which he held until his death at Nunney Court in 2002.

At Nunney Court Rob Walker entertained many of his racing friends, including his team member Sir Stirling Moss and Hollywood legend Ginger Rogers.

Nunney Court was recently sold, although Mr Walker’s son Robbie Walker will continue to live in a neighbouring cottage – and inherited the castle and title.

By happy coincidence the 1927 ad provided a chance encounter between Nunney and Johnnie Walker whisky two decades before Rob Walker arrived in the village.