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Brief description of site

Wentworth Castle has early formal pleasure grounds and a landscape park. The site received some publicity from the BBC2 programme 'Restoration', and funding has been secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the house and grounds. This work is currently ongoing. The main house is currently (2008) the site for the Northern College for Resident Adult Education. It is envisaged that tours of the house will be available once the renovation work is complete.

Brief history of site

The layout dates from 1708-39 by the 1st Earl Strafford (2nd creation), and from 1739-91, by the 2nd Earl.

Location information:

Address: Lowe Lane, Stainborough, S75 SEN

Locality: Barnsley

Local Authorities:

South Yorkshire; Barnsley; Stainborough

Historical County: Yorkshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 111 Grid Ref: SE320034
Latitude: 53.5263 Longitude: -1.51877

Directions:

The site is off junction 37 of the M1.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The gardens are open daily from 10 am. Closing times are earlier in the winter. Please see:http://www.wentworthcastle.org/visit-us/opening-times/

Key information:

Form of site: country estate

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: college

Site first created: 1708 to 1791

Main period of development: Early 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 300

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