2013

SK3997 : Wentworth Woodhouse, Wentworth (3)

taken 11 years ago, near to Wentworth, Rotherham, England

Wentworth Woodhouse, Wentworth (3)
Wentworth Woodhouse, Wentworth (3)
The east front owes its stupendous majesty at least in part to an aristocratic arms race in which one branch of the Wentworth family tried to outdo the other, and in so doing almost forgot to stop building. This 600-foot long wall of stone is reputedly the longest front of any house in Europe. The design used to be attributed to Henry Flitcroft, but a local man with a modest cv, Ralph Tunnicliffe, should take most of the credit, although his design is derived from Colen Campbell's design for Wanstead House. He began c1734. Flitcroft did, however, play a part by modifying Tunnicliffe's design and overseeing building after the latter's death in 1736. John Carr heightened the wings and added their pediments in 1782-84. This Palladian front is stylistically and structurally distinct from the Baroque west front (SK3997 : Wentworth Woodhouse, Wentworth (2)), making Wentworth Woodhouse, in effect, the country's poshest pair of back-to-backs. Grade I listed.
After a period of uncertainty as to the house's future, in early 2016 it was announced that it would be sold by the Newbold family to a trust for 7 million, supported by the National Trust, to ensure future public access. Parts of the estate would be developed to generate income.

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Stephen Richards   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Sunday, 12 May, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 28 February, 2016
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 3961 9766 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.4512N 1:24.2821W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 3977 9751
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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