Visit to Wentworth Woodhouse

Posted on Wednesday 16th October 2013

LAF member Ginny Holroyd writes:

I had been looking forward to going to Wentworth Woodhouse ever since I read Black Diamonds by Catherine Bailey. The political life of the house - from Whig prime minister in the 18th century to the changes in class structures in the 20th century - made a fascinating backdrop to the magnificent architecture.

On arrival the exterior was every bit as impressive as expected. Our guide round the house was Robert, a joiner at the house for 40 years. He gave a detailed, insightful and often comic view of the Fitzwilliam family's tenure and the future plans by the current owner for returning the house to its former glory.

Our vist was greatly enhanced by short talks at various points from James Lomax and Patrick Eyres. The history of the Rockingham monument, its purpose, building style and the politics was fascinating. The climb up the Hoober tower was a good way to work off our lunch and gave a wonderful 360ยบ view of the surrounding area on this glorious sunny afternoon.

With a delicious lunch at Le Bistro and good company throughout, it was a memorable and very enjoyable day.