Press release: Preservation trust to acquire Wentworth Woodhouse

The following is a Press Release made by Save Britain’s Heritage. This is fantastic news and totally tips the balance in favour of a more local, regional and national plan of action which benefits so many. As before, fingers crossed for the future! Many thanks to readers of this blog for highlighting the link especially (see below for the full link).

3 February 2016

Press release: Preservation trust to acquire Wentworth Woodhouse

SAVE is delighted to announce that agreement has been reached with the Newbold family on the purchase of one of the finest and grandest historic houses in Britain, Wentworth Woodhouse.

The property will be purchased by the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust (WWPT) and will continue to be open to the public.  The public opening of the property will be supported by the National Trust for the first five years. It is hoped completion of the sale will take place within two to three months.

The £7m pledged for the acquisition includes a £3.575m grant offer from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, and grants from the Monument Trust, the Art Fund, Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement and the John Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust. Pledges and donations have also been received from many individual members of the public. SAVE and the trustees of the WWPT extend their warmest thanks for all pledges and support received.

The long term strategy is for the public to visit and enjoy all the most interesting parts of the property while restoring the others for revenue-earning uses such as events and holiday lets with business units in the stables. Traditionally a historic house of this size would have required a vast endowment.  This business model will provide a substantial income stream intended to cover both running costs and periodic bouts of repair.

Extensive repairs will be phased over 10 to 15 years allowing time for funds to be raised and the work to be carried out in phases while the property is opened to the public.

The Trust will build on the pioneering work of the Newbold family in opening the house to pre-booked visitors for the first time on a regular basis.  An annual Clifford Newbold lecture will be held to mark the work of the Newbold family in opening the house to the public.

The trustees of the new WWPT are: The Duke of Devonshire, Lady Juliet Tadgell, Sir Philip Naylor-Leyland, Julie Kenny (Chair), Timothy Cooke, Martin Drury, and Merlin Waterson.

For more information please contact Marcus Binney or Mike Fox at SAVE on 0207 253 3500 or mike.fox@savebritainsheritage.org, or Julie Kenny, Chair of WWPT, on 01709 535218

 

Notes to Editors:

The Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust has been established to secure the long term future of Wentworth Woodhouse.

SAVE Britain’s Heritage has been campaigning for historic buildings since its formation in 1975 by a group of architectural historians, writers, journalists and planners. It is a strong, independent voice in conservation, free to respond rapidly to emergencies and to speak out loud for the historic built environment.

Press release issued by SAVE Britain’s Heritage

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Tel. 020 7253 3500  Email office@savebritainsheritage.org

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Full Press Release here:

http://www.savebritainsheritage.org/docs/articles/03.02_.16_Press_Release_-_Preservation_Trust_to_Acquire_WW_.pdf

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4 Comments

Filed under In the News, restoration, The Destruction of the Country House, The running of the country house

4 responses to “Press release: Preservation trust to acquire Wentworth Woodhouse

  1. Stephen Pollock-Hill

    This is the best news lovers of large country houses have had in ages! After the appalling news about the devastating fire at Clandon Park, we needed a fillip, and to hear that one of our greatest and largest houses is to be saved is an incredible thrill.
    There are now amazing techniques available for filling voids under buildings to treat subsidence by using a geopolymer, resin, pumped in as a liquid which quickly hardens to an incredible strength, and fills all the voids.

    Of course a full survey of just how much subsidence and voiding there is beneath the building, but this could be a solution to pursue. See…
    http://www.uretek.co.uk/solutions but I am sure there are other products as well.

  2. Stephen Pollock-Hill

    I assume a bid will be made to teh UN World Heritage Fund for financial help on this project. You fail to mention it is the largest country house in England, with over 300 rooms ( some say 365 one for each day of the year) and 250,000 sq ft .

  3. tamsin

    I see from Savills website that as of 19/11/16 this house is still listed for sale.

    • Hi Tamsin, Since re-posting the article here, I have tried to make contact with Savills but have yet to receive a reply. IN all honesty it is difficult to say if the article was presumptive or that any previous deals have since fallen through. I’m always suspicious of such prolonged silence in these instances as usually the wider public are given some reassurances in line with press releases. I am keeping an eye on this as I require access to the site at some point before the end of the summer this year.

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