News & Events
Antiques Roadshow coming to Wentworth Woodhouse
BBC ONE’s ever popular Sunday evening programme ANTIQUES ROADSHOW will be filming for its 36th series in the grounds of Wentworth Woodhouse, near Rotherham, on Thursday, 19th September, 2013. The doors open at 9.30 am and close at 4.30pm. Entry to the show is free.
This will be presenter Fiona Bruce’s sixth year with the Roadshow and she says, “Presenting the Antiques Roadshow is, for me, one of those rare and very lucky coincidences in television when you get to work on a show that you already love to watch. Exploring the human story behind every object is what makes Antiques Roadshow so fascinating. And everyone loves the agony and ecstasy of the ‘what’s it worth? moment. The AR isn’t just about antiques – it’s history, beauty and drama all wrapped up in one.’
Some of Britain’s leading antiques and fine arts specialists will be on hand to offer free advice and valuations to visitors, who are invited to raid their attics and bring along their family heirlooms, household treasures and car boot bargains for inspection by the experts.
People with large pieces of furniture or other big items can send details and photographs of their objects to:
Bristol BS8 2LR
or e-mail them to: email@example.com. It may be possible to arrange to look at the item in advance and organise transportation to the venue.
More information can be found here.
Wentworth Woodhouse now offering tours
Wentworth Woodhouse, the largest private house in the United Kingdom, is now offering house tours.
The house has been entirely in private hands & completely inaccessible to the public since 1988, when Sheffield City Polytechnic (now Sheffield Hallam University) vacated the premises due to the prohibitive cost of maintenance, so the chance of having a look inside the house is something I’m sure locals & tourists alike would relish.
For further information about tours please contact the house administrator Dawn Smith by email.
Fundraising walk – The Rhyming Ramble – 7th July 2012
Join Yorkshireman and poet Ian McMillan for a sponsored Rhyming Ramble along the borders of Barnsley and Rotherham, raising money for children’s charity SAFE@LAST to help young runaways.
Meeting in the village of Wentworth, Ian will lead the ramble, regaling all with tales of Wentworth’s rich historical past. Be sure to look out for sites of interest along the way including the Roundhouse, Forge and not forgetting Wentworth Woodhouse, a grade 1 listed building with the longest facade in Europe.
For more information please visit here.
New Church Website
A new church website has recently been launched at www.wentworthchurch.com – it includes all information for the church services and events etc. Alternativly vistors can Follow us on facebook or tweet us @wentworthchurch. More details on the site.
Wentworth Old Church
Tthe Old Church is open most sundays and bank holidays between May and September (weather permitting)
Wentworth Village Day
Sunday 12th September 2010 between 12pm and 4pm – Wentworth Playing Fields
Rides, activities, stalls, sports day, beer tent
Also Old Church open day on same date, see below.
Events at the Old Church
Heritage Open Days
11th – 12th September 2010 between 10am and 4pm
Guided tours of Holy Trinity Old Church. Tours available include:
- The Fitzwilliam Vault
- The Graveyard
- The fascinating monuments of the Old Church
Tours run regularly throughout each day.
Monumental Days of Art with Artist Terry Chip
3rd and 10th October 2010 between 10am and 4pm
Join Terry and The Churches Conservation Trust to create a sculpture inspired by the breathtaking monuments of Wentworth Old Church.
***Admission to all event is FREE; however some activities may carry a small charge***
***All events are subject to change. It is advisable for visitors travelling any distance contact the churches conservation trust (www.visitchurches.org.uk) prior to the event(s) to ensure that they have not been changed or cancelled.***
New Wentworth Photo Galleries
James Eastwood has provided a photo diary of the recent Civil War Re-Enactment held on May Spring Bank Holiday Weekend 2010. The re-entactment showed various aspects of life in the 17th Century Civil War see this page for the photos.
The weekend before our intrepid reporter Steve took some American visitors on a tour of the village and has put together a new collection of photos including some rarely seen shots taken inside the old and new churches, including a new summer shot of the new church, below:-
Wentworth Church in Summer, by Steve
Upcoming Events – 2010
Events this year courtesy of the Churches’ Conservation Trust (Wentworth Old Church)
- 19th and 20th June – CCTea: Church open to visitors and for guided tours. light refreshments MAY be available.
** All Events subject to change **
If you have any news or events that you would like to publicise on this site then please email anything to firstname.lastname@example.org – there’s no charge.
The Wentworth Area
Surrounded by the industrial towns of South Yorkshire, it is remarkable that Wentworth village and the surrounding area have escaped any major development over the last two hundred years. Compare our 1855 map with a modern map of the area and, with the exception of the “new” church (1877), you will find very few changes.
This preservation of the village and surrounding countryside is due in a large part to the efforts over the years of Fitzwilliam (Wentworth) Estates and, more recently, the village Amenity Trust. These bodies still own most of the land and buildings in the area and do an excellent job of maintaining a traditional rural environment in the heart of one of the most densely populated parts of the country.
Perhaps more important still is the part played by the local community in preserving the character of the area. Many of the residents, some of whose families have been in the area for generations, still work in agricultural and the traditional village industries. They, and others who now work outside the village, continue to take an active role in the life of the area through organisations such as the Parish Council, Parochial Church Council, Wentworth Village Community Association and Wentworth Womens Institute.
Whether you are a local or a visitor, we hope you find something of interest in these pages.
A new book by Catherine Bailey about the history of the Fitzwilliam family and Wentworth Woodhouse is now available. It can be purchased on line from Amazon.co.uk – click the link below for details. You can also purchase the book which accompanies Dan Cruickshank’s TV series – Country Houses Revealed