Heritage group hails chancellor's stately home pledge

Tim Clark

Philip Hammond hands over £7.6m for work on grade I listed home

Save Britain’s Heritage has welcomed plans by chancellor Philip Hammond to pledge £7.6 million to help fund the restoration of the grade I listed Wentworth Woodhouse in South Yorkshire.

The restoration of the stately home near Rotherham, which is believed to be the largest private residence in the UK at 23,000sq m, will take up to 15 years to complete and could cost up to £42 million in total.

The palace was bought by the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust for £7 million earlier this year from the Newbold family with the aim of restoring the home to its previous grandeur.

The money provided by the government last week will be used to fix the building’s roof and stop damp issues from affecting the interiors.  

The home was previously owned by architect Clifford Newbold who bought it in 1999 for £1.5 million. Five years ago, the then Purcell Miller Tritton drew up plans for the restoration of the house but the work remained on ice because of costs.

Save president Marcus Binney said: “This is the most time-consuming and complex rescue operation Save has ever mounted. We extend thanks to the Newbold family and will honour the work of their father Clifford Newbold in opening the mansion and gardens to parties of visitors who have come away enthralled and entranced by the beauty of the place.”

Wentworth Woodhouse opened in 1740 and in more recent times has been used in a number of film and television productions including the recent ITV series Victoria.


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