THE ten-year £3.74million restoration of Wentworth Castle's fragile Victorian conservatory is entering its final phase.

The first parts of the conservatory’s iron frame are due to return to the site after spending the past seven months undergoing detailed restoration at Shepley Engineers in Shafton.

An incredible 35 layers of paint have been removed to reveal intricate detail which has been hand-painted in a creamy white, thought to match its original colour.

The restored Grade II listed conservatory will open to the public in the autumn and will also be available as a wedding venue.

"The restoration project is bringing Yorkshire history to life and visitors to Wentworth will be able to share our excitement and watch from the azalea garden as the site continues to take shape," said trust director Claire Herring.

The Victorian conservatory was constructed in 1885 by Crompton and Fawkes of Chelmsford, who described it as an ‘iron winter garden’ in their catalogue. It's a rare surviving Victorian glasshouse and in its day was at the forefront of technology - with electric lighting as early as 1886.