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Wentworth: The Venue


Wentworth Castle


Northern College
Wentworth Castle
S75 3ET

About Wentworth Castle

The first Earl of Strafford, Thomas Wentworth, made himself so unpopular with parliament that they passed a bill and had him beheaded, even though Charles I initially refused to sign the death warrant. He only signed it after Strafford wrote and asked him to sign it. In sacrificing himself Strafford hoped to prevent a civil war. He was executed on 12th May 1641. The English Civil War began when Charles left London in January 1642. It was the same parliament he fought against that had condemned Strafford.

Castle Building

Castle Building

Strafford's great nephew, Thomas Wentworth, also became the first Earl of Strafford, the title having died out in the C 17th. The earldom was revived for him by Queen Anne in 1711. He had inherited titles but not the Strafford estate, so he bought Stainborough Castle nearby and fashioned a very grand house out of it which he renamed Wentworth Castle. He put up an obelisk to Anne and put a proud Roman statue of himself in the castle he built at the top of the hill. The statue is now at the rear of the house and the house has become Northern College. It is located three miles from Barnsley in South Yorkshire.

NAWG holds its writers' retreat at Northern College.



The house has had much of its grandeur restored, the most recent restoration being the beautiful conservatory which was reopened last year. The gardens are lovely. There are 60 acres of garden set in idealised countryside designed in the manner of Capability Brown. The landscape is literally idyllic, being romantic, pastoral and incorporating a large deer park with beautiful fallow deer.

The grounds are fantastic . . . just the place to stroll between writing for inspiration.

There are more photographs from previous events.

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Posted by: Kevin Machin Date: February 25, 2015 2:10 pm
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