Hoober Stand

Designed in the 18th century by Henry Flitcroft, situated on the highest ridge in the Wentworth area (some 157m above sea level) and commanding fine views all around from the viewing platform at the top of the Stand after climbing the 155 internal stone steps. Of pyramid construction, roughly 30m high and almost devoid of architectural ornamentation on its exterior but with the true dignityof 18th century craftsmanship revealed inside.

Open to the public on Sunday afternoons between 2-5pm between Spring Bank Holiday and 30th September only. Parties catered for on request to the Estate Office, Wentworth.

The Stand itself was built in 1747-8 to commemorate defeat of the Jacobite rebellion in 1745, when the 1st Marquis (then plain Thomas Watson Wentworth) fought on the side of King George II. In recognition of his contribution, the King elevated Wentworth to Marquis, and the new Marquis decided to build the 30 metre tower to show his gratitude.

The inscription above the doorway reads:-

This pyramidall building was erected by his Majestys most dutiful subject Thomas Marquess of Rockingham in grateful respect to the preserver of our religious laws and libertys King George the Second who, by the blessing of God having subdued a most unnatural rebellion in Britain anno 1746 maintains the balance of power and settles a just and honourable peace in Europe 1748

The tower is built in the shape of a tapering pyramid topped with a hexaganol lantern. The design creates the illusion that the building is toppling over and the lantern at the top seems to move depending on your viewing angle. Rest assured though, this is a very solid piece of construction and is well worth a visit.

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6 Responses to “Hoober Stand”

  1. Angela D. Hardy Says:

    ‘John Thompson states that he was born in Upperstand in the 1871 census, aged 50yrs. Various other censuses have him declaring he was born in 1) Wentworth 2) Silkstone.
    From 1841 – 1887, when he dies, he worked at The Old Wire Mills in Thurgoland.

    A repairman once showed me an old map and found Upperstand shown as a farm…I have not been able to find it again on any Ordinance Survey or old map in a County Record Office. All I know is that it seemed to be situated in a sparsely populated area.
    Can anyone identify its position?
    Thank you.’

    Having been advised to view your website re. Hoober Stand I think the farm to which I refer, above, could be in this vicinity. Do you have an old map c 1800 – 1850 showing Upperstand Farm?
    Thank you.

  2. Wentworth Admin Says:

    There is a site with maps from 1855, if you search here…


    …for Wentworth you can browse the area & zoom in. We don’t have any maps ourselves but if it existed in 1855 you should be able to find it there. They also sell prints taken from the old maps should you want one.

    Make sure you get the right site address though, there is another site (same address without the hyphen) where they just try & sell you maps.

  3. Jude Wilson Says:

    Me and a friend of mine are very intrigued about the little black fenced up cove to the rear of Hoober Stand down in the ditch, We’ve heard so many theories about it but would love to know the truth.. What is it? When was it built? And why?

    Please put our minds at rest :D

  4. Wentworth Admin Says:

    Hello Jude,

    No idea what it is, sorry, the times I’ve been up to Hoober I didn’t go too far around the grounds, although I’m pretty sure I know where you mean.

    I’m going back there at some point soon to get some nicer photos for the site, I’ll take the opportunity to have a poke around & I’ll get some photos of it for this page so at the very least everyone can wonder what it is.

  5. Jude Wilson Says:

    Fantastic, that would be awesome, thank you.
    Maybe then someone could tell us. my thoughts are that it could be a mine shaft or drifter, it could even be part of the Roman Rig? It certainly looks man made and really old, We took a torch up a few days ago because its pitch black in there, and from what we could see through the barrier was a strange little room, an odd shape and then the start of a tunnel… I can’t wait to figure out the mystery, I love Wentworth :D

  6. Matthew W.(Wentworth Old Cburch - The Churches Conservation Trust) Says:

    Hello Jude,

    With regard to the cave (or hoober grotto as it is sometimes called) behind hoober stand, there are many theories as what it is, and what it was used for.

    The most common is that it was/is the entrance to a tunnel leading to wentworth woodhouse, however, it does seem a little to high on a hill to be for this.

    Another theory is that when hoober stand was used as a ‘ladies viewing platform’ the foxhunt, it was a meeting place for the huntsmen and hounds, however others will tell you that it was actually a toilet, but there is nothing to support this.

    Finally, during the 1940s (and possibly before that date) it was known locally by the youngesters as ‘King Dick’s Cave’, but quite w who king dick was i have no idea, common belief was that it may have been a form of prison too.

    There us possibly some element of truth in the meeting place theory, as the hunt did take place up there; and also with the prison.

    Hoober, in its own right could have at one time (even though there are no records of this being the case)been a place of its own whuch wasnt related to wentworth as it had a pub (which is now sundial farm), a chapel, (which has now been demolished) and a large house (hoober house), which at one time doubled as a form of school, this is owned by a business, with this is mind, the cave could have also been a storage place or even ice house, it could have been a mine shaft, , but again it seems a little to high for this.

    I hope this sheds some light on things, if not perhaps it may provide some’food for thought’.

    Holy Trinity (Old) Church, Wentworth.