THE owners of a South Yorkshire stately home have asked for more than £100 million to cover the repairs caused by mining.

Wentworth Woodhouse, the UK’s largest private stately home, is in the area of the prolific Barnsley seam.

The historic building, six miles north of Sheffield between Barnsley and Rotherham, has a frontage some 70m longer than that of Buckingham Palace, covers an enormous area of more than 2.5 acres and is set in extensive grounds.

Much of the estate was used for open-cast mining, which came right up to the edge of the main lawn.

The land surrounding the house is dominated by deep mine shafts, and this, its owners claim, is causing part of the building to sink.

The building's owners, brothers Marcus and Giles Newbold, are seeking compensation that's likely to be in excess of £100 million from the Coal Authority.