Tuesday, 17 May 2011

TV - Country house rivalry to be revealed in TV documentary (Wentworth)

THE history of two country houses at the centre of a family disagreement in the 18th century is to be told on television later this month.

Historian and television presenter Dan Cruickshank will examine the stories of both Wentworth Castle, near Barnsley, and Wentworth Woodhouse, near Rotherham.

His programme The Country House Revealed, was filmed in December 2010 over 11-days at both locations, although Wentworth Woodhouse is not open to the public.

More than three centuries ago Wentworth Castle and Wentworth Woodhouse were at the centre of family feud.

The Earl of Strafford, Thomas Wentworth, purchased Stainborough Hall – now Wentworth Castle – in 1708 for £14,500.

By 1709, he had embarked on an ambitious programme of enhancement in a bid to outshine his cousin Thomas Watson-Wentworth, who had inherited the Wentworth Woodhouse family seat.

Wentworth Castle Gardens trustee Patrick Eyres helped the BBC with its research on the two estates and said he was looking forwar to the BBC2 broadcast.

He added: “The Wentworth Castle estate in Barnsley was considered to be one of the most important estates during the 18th century.

“Today visitors can enjoy 26 listed buildings, follies and monuments – a fine testament to Wentworth in its heyday.”

The programme will be screened on BBC2 at 9pm on Tuesday, May 31. For further information on Wentworth Castle visit www.wentworthcastle.org

From: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/around-yorkshire/local-stories/country_house_rivalry_to_be_revealed_in_tv_documentary_1_3383130

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