No pane, no gain as workers restore Victorian glasshouse

28 June 2013.....A third of the glass has now been refitted in the glasshouse at Wentworth Castle.
28 June 2013.....A third of the glass has now been refitted in the glasshouse at Wentworth Castle.
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It’s as clear as day - the renovation of Wentworth Castle and grounds is well under way.

After months of highly-skilled work, the scheme to restore the Victorian glasshouse at the Barnsley landmark is almost complete.

Wentworth Castle Conservatory 6th July 2005 ''Photo� Mark Newcombe

Wentworth Castle Conservatory 6th July 2005 ''Photo� Mark Newcombe

Work on the £3.7 million project to transform the formerly derelict conservatory will enter the final stages this summer.

The 19th century iron frame has been completely rebuilt and one third of the glass has been refitted.

Transformation of the structure - which was placed on English Heritage’s at-risk register after being left derelict - will mark a milestone for the overhaul of Wentworth Castle and grounds.

Claire Herring, director of the Wentworth Castle Heritage Trust, said: “The glasshouse is looking majestic once more.

“It’s been a long process and the original iron frame consisting of 4,000 parts has been carefully dismantled, labelled, cleaned and re-cast where necessary.

“The frame is restored and has been carefully re-built and, now that glazing work is well under way, it’s easy to see just how beautiful this building is.

“We are very excited about the process, especially as we’re nearing the final stages.”

Once all of the glazing work has been completed, finishing touches will be added in the form of pretty plants and flowers.

Conservationists behind the project hope to open the venue up to visitors from October.

There are also plans in place to host weddings in the building.