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Wentworth Woodhouse (Paperback)

The House, the Estate and the Family

Local History Yorkshire and Humberside P&S History Social History Photographic Books Colour Books

By Stephen Cooper, Joan Jones, Melvyn Jones
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 152
Illustrations: 70 colour & black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526783011
Published: 21st May 2021
Expected Re-release Date: 30th September 2021


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It was the home of a knight, a baron, a viscount, two marquises and nine earls. The family had estates not only in South Yorkshire, but also in North Yorkshire, the Midlands and Ireland, at their greatest extent covering nearly 120,000 acres. One head of household was beheaded. Another saw one of the last wolves in the British Isles. One owner built the Palladian mansion at Wentworth, which has the longest frontage of any country mansion in Britain, and was one of the earliest growers of pineapples in this country. One head of family was prime minister. Twice. Another provided financial assistance to more than 6,000 of his Irish tenants and their families to emigrate to Canada during the Great Famine. Another had a christening attended by 7,000 official guests. Yet another bought an ocean liner to go and search for buried treasure in the Pacific.

This copiously illustrated book explores the history of the house, the estate and the family over more than 400 years, drawing on a wide variety of sources, particularly the family records (the Wentworth Woodhouse Muniments) held in Sheffield Archives.

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Around Town (Barnsley) 01/06/21

Fascinating! I am a big english history nerd, so this was just my cuppa. There is a great depth and detail to the research that comes through in a very accessible to the reader manner. I especially enjoyed the format focus into one family over the centuries. Left me eager to visit Wentworth Woodhouse one day.

NetGalley, Shifra Lefkowitz

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A great insight into the house and family, it very interesting as my grandparents live in wentworth. I have pre ordered a copy for my grandads birthday as I think he’ll enjoy it too.

NetGalley, Leonie Hinch

This is well-written and researched. It's also unusual to find a short book about a historical subject, so it's nice to find one that knows when to stop; and the brevity gives it more a nice punch that one with filler. I suspect many readers will be tempted to visit that area of the country. I'll probably remember this story for a long time. Recommended.

NetGalley, Paul V

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I found this book really interesting especially as I live near Wentworth and have only been to Wentworth Woodhouse a couple of times.

At the moment the house is being renovated and was quite run down when I last visited, but you could still see how it must have looked when it was first built and in the years after when the Gentry did a lot of entertaining and the grand balls they they had
You can imagine the Men in evening suits and the Lady's in their ball gowns stepping out of the carriages and entering the House with its ornate ceilings and life size statues, It must have looked magical.

I am quite ashamed to say that I have not made the most of exploring such a beautiful place as Wentworth Woodhouse and the grounds but after reading this book I am determining to put this right.

NetGalley, Karen Ashton

Not a subject i'd normally have picked up, however it was a super interesting read, well laid out and full of fabulous facts.

NetGalley, Nicola Whitehead

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

An absolutely fascinating insight into the Wentworth-Fitzwilliams. Well researched and put together, detailing the rise and fall of the family, along with the rise, fall and rise again of one of the most beautiful country houses in the world!

NetGalley, Jody Walker
 Stephen Cooper

About Stephen Cooper

Stephen Cooper was a solicitor for almost forty years, in private practice and then in the Government Legal Service. He has written three books on medieval military history for Pen & Sword Books; and written and published three on local history and the 7th Earl Fitzwilliam’s search for buried treasure: Earl Fitzwilliam’s Treasure Island (with John Moorhouse, 2016), Cocos Island and the Treasure of Lima (2017) and The Jubilee Poacher (2018).

About Joan Jones

Joan Jones was Deputy Head in a junior school then Senior Lecturer in Education at Sheffield Hallam University. She was an advisor to the BBC on the making of TV programmes for schools. She is co-author (with Melvyn Jones) of Historic Parks and Gardens in and around South Yorkshire (Pen & Sword Books) and Wentworth Woodhouse Gardens: an Illustrated History (Green Tree Publications, 2002).

About Melvyn Jones

The late Melvyn Jones was a local and landscape historian. On his retirement, after a teaching career in higher education of nearly forty years, he was appointed Visiting Professor in Landscape History at Sheffield Hallam University in 1999. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the history of South Yorkshire, including The Making of the South Yorkshire Landscape (2000); The Making of Sheffield (2004) and South Yorkshire Mining Villages (2017) all for Pen & Sword Books.



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