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Wentworth Castle and Stainborough Park estate

Thomas Wentworth (1672-1739) purchased the estate at Stainborough from the Cutler family in 1708,(Sir Gervase Cutler of Stainbrough had died in 1704) and after substantial rebuilding Stainborough Hall was renamed Wentworth Castle. Thomas Wentworth was created 1st Earl of Strafford of the 2nd creation in 1711.

His son William (1712-1791) subsequently became 2nd Earl. He died without issue and the title and estate passed to his cousin's son, Frederick Wentworth (1732-1799), the 3rd Earl. After he too died without issue the 2nd Earldom became extinct.

At the death of Charles Watson-Wentworth(1730-1782), 2nd Marquis of Rockingham in 1782, his nephew, William Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, (1748-1833), 4th Earl Fitzwilliam succeeded to the Wentworth estates in England and Ireland. The Earl died at the age of 85 in 1833; his son and heir, Lord Milton, had long taken an active part in the management of the Fitzwilliam estate

The estate passed to Frederick's sister, Augusta Wentworth (Mrs Hatfield Kaye), and after her death in 1802 was inherited by a descendant of the 1st Earl, Frederick W T Vernon (1795-1885), who changed his name to Vernon-Wentworth.

He was succeeded by his son, Thomas F C Vernon-Wentworth (1831-1902), and grandson, Captain Bruce Canning Vernon-Wentworth (1862-1951). Captain Vernon-Wentworth, who died without issue, sold the estate to Barnsley Corporation in 1948. The house was a teacher training college until 1978 and is now used by Northern College.

View from Wentworth Castle
View from Wentworth Castle

This Castle, which occupies the site of an eminent fortress, was built about the year 1730, by Thomas, Earl of Strafford. It is a large quadrangular building, and over the centre window of the north front are the arms of the founder. The east front of this noble mansion is of a modern character, and was erected by William, Earl of Strafford, about 1770. Its architecture is at once both elegant and rich. In the interior are a great many spacious and elegant rooms, but its greatest beauty is to be found in the gallery, one hundred and eighty feet long, by twenty-four broad, and thirty high, divided into three divisions, by magnificent pillars of marble, with gilt capitals.

The baroque facade was built around 1710 by Thomas Wentworth.The palladian wing was built around 1760
Wentworth Castle
Interior Wentworth Castle
Interior Wentworth Castle, early 1900's

Views of Wentworth Castle

The Great Hall
The Great Hall
The Bridge over Serpentine
The Bridge over Serpentine
The Conservatory
The Conservatory
Front of Old Castle
Front of Old Castle
The Old Staircase
The Old Staircase
The Picture Gallery
The Picture Gallery
The Mausoleum, in memory of the 2nd Marquis of Rockingham
The Mausoleum
The Dairy Avenue
The Dairy Avenue
Queen Anne's Sitting Room
Queen Anne's Sitting Room
The Sundial
The Sundial
Rockley Woodhouse
Rockley Woodhouse
The Strafford Dining Room
The Strafford Dining Room

Frederick Vernon Wentworth, Esq.died.1885.

Will Hon. Lady Augusta Frederica Louisa Frances Vernon-Wentworth

The will of the Hon. Lady Augusta Frederica Louisa Frances Vernon-Wentworth K.T. wife of Frederick William Thomas Vernon-Wentworth, Esq., of Wentworth Castle, York, and Connaught Place, Middlesex, was proved, at Wakefield, under 90,000, by Arthur Bethel Thellusson, Esq. her son-in-law, and Thomas Frederick Charles Vernon-Wentworth, Esq. her son, the acting executors and trustees, the other executors being her brothers, the most Hon. George William, Marquis of Ailesbury, K.G. P.C., and the Right Hon. Lord Ernest A. Bruce, C.B. P.C., to whom power is reserved to prove hereafter.

Her Ladyship executed her will in 1866, and died in September 1869, aged 74.

She bequeaths to the Beckett Dispensary, Barnsley; St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington; Cancer Hospital, Brompton; and the Royal Hospital for Incurables, Putney, each 100; and to the parishes of Worsbrough, Worsbrough Dale, Stainbrough, and Dodworth, each 25 free of duty.

To her two daughters, Louis Mary H. Vernon-Wentworth and Henrietta Frances Elizabeth Thellusson, all her jewels, diamonds, and ornaments of the person, and her horses and carriages equally between them, as well as the rest of her property, appointing them residuary legatees.

Christening of Earl Fitzwilliam's (William Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, 7th Earl Fitzwilliam ) heir- Peter Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, 8th Earl Fitzwilliam - at Wentworth Feb 11th 1911. Presentation of a cup to the Earl and Countess Fitzwilliam

Christening of Earl Fitzwilliam's heir at Wentworth Feb 11th 1911

 

The following 2 postcards are from a set of postcards which document the travels of Mabel Sudbury who with her family travelled between England and Australia in the late 1800's & early1900's. One of Mabel's friends lived at Wentworth Castle for some time ( Edith B. is the handwritten signature on one postcard).

 

1907, Rockley Woodhouse

Rockley Woodhouse

 

1907, Wentworth Castle Eastern front

Wentworth Castle Eastern front

 

Wentworth Castle was extended in 1909 when a new wing was built by Arthur Cooper Builder and Stonemason.

The staff of Arthur Cooper, 1909

 

Hood Green Lodge

William Clegg
William Clegg was a stonemason, he worked on the Wentworth Castle Estate for upwards of 30 years, during which he assisted in the building of Hood Green Lodge. When the Birdwell Obelisk was struck by lightning in about 1913, he was responsible for putting up the scaffolding and replacing the top stones.

 

reverse of postcard
« On the reverse of one of the following three postcards, it states:

This is a new lodge we are building at Stainboro'. It was dated 1909 and was written by Betsy(pictured on the first image), wife of Harold Clegg, carpenter and daughter-in-law of the stonemason, William Clegg, to her sister Beatrice Frost

Hood Green Lodge, 
Stainborough
New building at 
Stainborough
New building at Stainborough

Hood Green Lodge survives and is now called Park Lodge.

 

See also Henry Skrine's visit to Wentworth Park, Barnsley and Wentworth, Rotherham.

» Wentworth Castle , Restoration, 2003

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