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Finishing Touches Made To Victorian Conservatory

Monday October 14 2013

FINISHING touches are being made to the Victorian conservatory at Wentworth Castle.

The £3.74million project is entering its final stage ahead of its November 8 opening.

The final planting schemes are being positioned inside the elegant glasshouse which has been undergoing a major restoration scheme for the past 15 months.

The historic restoration is the culmination of a ten-year campaign which began after the glasshouse was featured on the BBC programme Restoration in 2003.

With only a few weeks until the re-opening, the structure is back to its former glory.

Claire Herring, director at Wentworth Castle Heritage Trust, said: "Although we’ve had the metal structure back on site for several months, it wasn’t until the glass was fitted and the scaffolding came down that it truly reflected its former glory.

"This has been a very long and difficult journey lasting a whole decade but the end result is spectacular."

Since last year's dismantling of the stricken conservatory, the original iron frame has been cleaned and re-cast where necessary.

External planting and landscaping took place in the spring and internal planting is now gathering pace as the countdown to its opening begins.

It's also been taken off English Heritage's 'at risk' register following its restoration.

Head gardener Michael Klemperer said: "At one stage we were concerned it may fall down. I'm very pleased to announce it's in good health and no longer at risk."

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Reply Posted by Peter H on Monday October 14 2013 at 09:37
The photo looks good, will have to go & have a look when it opens

Reply Posted by LOL on Monday October 14 2013 at 17:45

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 09:46
Awaits dim WABER to appear on this thread and say 'That there money could have been spent on them there potholes'

Reply Posted by Dave K on Friday October 18 2013 at 22:52
LOL - get off your fat arse and enjoy something good! This is a big plus for Barnsley if only you were clever enough to see it...

Reply Posted by sid on Friday October 18 2013 at 23:18
I will go and enjoy the conservatory, but I also think about how the monies are being moved around. I would be scathing of it if I was stood in the food bank queue. I feel that this country is getting to be like a beautiful designer kitchen...with no gas/electric or food. Maybe its a simplistic view but maybe its time we should get back to the simpler things in life and have shake up. With all the problems this country has such as the NHS funding the conservatory is,to me anyway, an extravagance. As said,I will enjoy all the extravagances around us,but I wouldn't mind one jot,if it had been announced that the conservatory would be put on hold until the country is in a better financial state.

Reply Posted by as well on Sunday October 20 2013 at 18:01
LOL hes back,what crap you post,CAPS LOCK YOU FOOL

ipso Regulated