The Georgian Group is the charity for the protection
and appreciation of British architecture c.1700-1830.
Thursday, 4 February 2016
WENTWORTH WOODHOUSE PURCHASED BY SAVE BRITAIN'S HERITAGE
SAVE's press release in full:
3 February 2016 Press release: Preservation trust to acquire Wentworth Woodhouse
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com, 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
Press release issued by SAVE Britain’s Heritage, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ