Royal visitor to tour restored glasshouse

The Victorian conservatory at Wentworth Castle.
The Victorian conservatory at Wentworth Castle.
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A Victorian conservatory restored to its sparkling original condition is to get a Royal visit.

Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester - who is the Queen’s cousin - will tour the Grade II* listed glasshouse at Wentworth Castle on November 4, coinciding with the first anniversary of its £3.74 million restoration.

The Duke will plant a traditional raffia palm in the Africa flowerbed, as well as tour the garden pavilion, known as the Gun Room because of its usage in Victorian times.

The room - originally built in 1732 - is a future renovation project for the castle and Stainborough Park Heritage Trust, the registered charity which manages the 500-acre parkland.

Barnsley’s mayor, Coun Tim Shepherd, will accompany the Duke, along with the council’s chief executive, Diana Terris.

Claire Herring, director at Wentworth Castle Gardens, said staff were ‘thrilled’ by news of the visit.

“The renovation has been a spectacular success and more than 80,000 people have visited in the past year,” she said.

“We’ve hosted a number of weddings, educational visits and even afternoon teas during the past year.

“The conservatory is the jewel in Wentworth Castle’s crown.”