Sneak peek at Rotherham stately treasure

MORE than 10,000 revellers flooded the gates of Wentworth Woodhouse when it became open to the public for the first time.
MORE than 10,000 revellers flooded the gates of Wentworth Woodhouse when it became open to the public for the first time.
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MORE than 10,000 people visited historic Wentworth Woodhouse when the stately home was opened to the public for the first time.

People of all ages queued to get a look inside the 365 rooms and explore the home’s five miles of underground passageways.

Tom McWilliams, estate manager of the house for 12 years, said the demand to view the house had been phenomenal.

He said: “I have had hundreds of emails and phone calls asking us to open the house.

“I have even received letters from China, Japan, Australia and the US.”

The 18th century house, in Rotherham, sits in 150 acres of gardens and is one of the largest privately owned homes in Europe.

It was originally commissioned by one of the richest families in Britain, the Fitzwilliams, who owned it during the 1940s when it became the largest coal mining site in the country.

Now owned by the Newbold family, plans have been made to ensure the house is protected and preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Mr McWilliams said: “This is what South Yorkshire has been missing, hopefully it can be another Chatsworth House. We are also hoping it will create over 200 jobs in the local community and business for the future.

“People just absolutely loved it. They filled four visitor books saying thank you and that just made our day.”

Plans are currently under way for the building to be turned in to a museum with original furniture, luxury hotel and spa.