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Wentworth Castle Conservatory Undergoes Restoration Work

Wentworth Conservatory

The historic conservatory at Wentworth Castle in Barnsley is undergoing restoration work in a project costing almost £3.5 million. The project has been ten years in the making and has now been shortlisted for the English Heritage Angel Awards, which are backed by Andrew Lloyd Webber.


The fragile Victorian conservatory will be completely re-glazed after decaying for many decades. In fact, the only support the conservatory had was from scaffolding and the ivy growing through the roof. It was featured in the BBC’s Restoration programme in 2003 and made it to the grand final but did not win. The project finally secured the money needed in 2011 and work is soon to be completed.


Once the work is finished the Grade II conservatory will be planted with temperate plants from around the world as a tribute to the plant hunting interests of the 18th Century Wentworth family. The conservatory will be opened to the public in autumn 2013 and will be available as a wedding venue also. The Angel Awards, which celebrate the efforts of individuals and groups in restoring derelict and severely damaged historic landmarks, will take place in October 2013.


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