Final touches at restored Barnsley glasshouse

Wentworth Castle estate manager Michael Kemplerer helps with the final phase of planting in the conservatory ready for the reopening next month.
Wentworth Castle estate manager Michael Kemplerer helps with the final phase of planting in the conservatory ready for the reopening next month.
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The finishing touches are being put in place as restoration work on a historic Victorian conservatory in South Yorkshire nears completion.

The iron glasshouse at Wentworth Castle near Barnsley was in danger of being lost forever – but in a £3.7 million project has been brought back to its former glory.

Michael Klemperer, estate manager for the Grade I listed gardens, has been overseeing the last phase of planting ahead of a public opening on November 8.

The scheme is part of wider plans to restore the gardens at the estate.

The conservatory was built in 1885 by Crompton and Fawkes, who described it as an ‘iron winter garden’.

It is now a rare example of a surviving Victorian glasshouse, and would once have displayed exotic plants including orchids, palms and ferns.

Funds have been provided by individual donors and the Heritage Lottery Fund.