June 2019

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Wentworth’s gardens were also designed to make political statements and demonstrate his loyalty to Queen Anne. The geometric design of the Union Jack Garden represents the crosses of St George and St David, to commemorate the union of England and Scotland in 1707; on a less happy note, the ‘Kneeling Blackamore’ sundial, now in the conservatory, (pictured below), celebrates his achievement in negotiating the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht, giving Britain a lucrative monopoly in the repugnant Atlantic slave trade. The Earl fell from power following transfer of the crown to the Hanoverians, but his descendants continued to develop the house and grounds; later features of interest include a lovely Victorian formal garden and conservatory (below, left and right), one of the first buildings in the country to boast electric lighting; and the spectacular lime tree avenue planted c. 1914, and named Lady Lucy’s Walk after one of Thomas Wentworth’s daughters (below, centre left).

After World War Two, Wentworth Castle was bought from the family, turned into a teacher training college, and has remained an educational establishment ever since. Although the house isn’t open to the public, there are still 63 acres of garden and 500 acres of parkland (inhabited by sheep and herds of fallow and red deer) to explore, so you can easily spend a full day there; and we felt the quality of the facilities, including a nice café and gift shop, amply justified the £8.50 standard adult admission fee (National Trust members get in free). Highly recommended - we were sorry to miss the rhodendron and azalea flowers, and will definitely be making return visits to see the plants in different seasons!

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