Wentworth Woodhouse owner dies age 89

Clifford Newbold
Clifford Newbold
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The owner of a Rotherham stately home has passed away aged peacefully in his sleep age 89.

Clifford Newbold bought Wentworth Woodhouse in Wentworth village for a little over 1.5 million in 1999 and worked tirelessly to restore it to its former glory. He spotted the house in a newspaper advert and it was love at first sight.

Mr Newbold poured his heart and soul into the building and would get up at 8am each morning, working with teams of historians, conservationists and architects, to draw up a Conservation Management Plan.

A self-made architect Mr Newbold helped design Millbank Tower in London, and Dungeness Lighthouse in Kent.

Mr Newbold leaves his wife Dorothy Esther sons Marcus and Giles and his daughter Felicity. Sadly Paul his eldest son died unexpectedly in November 2012. He also leaves five grandchildren Camilla, Antonia, Henry, George and Harry.

Last year Save Britain’s Heritage and its partners formed the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust to take over Wentworth Woodhouse in agreement with its current owners, the Newbold family who continued to live there. The house is now open to vistors.

With 365 rooms, 1,000 windows, five miles of underground passages and a front facade that is twice the size of Buckingham Palace’s the house dates back to the 17th century.

In a statement his family said they would like him to be remembered “as a wonderful, loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle.

“A gentleman with energy and passion who, in his seventies, took on the challenge that is Wentworth Woodhouse with the aim of preserving this monumental mansion for future generations.”