Sunday, 20 April 2014

Wentworth Castle Gardens 08/04/2014

This is a very beautiful estate near Barnsley in South Yorkshire. It consists of a mansion owned by the Northen College, a number of beautiful gardens and interesting architecture pieces. It owes its name to Thomas Wentworth who bought the mansion (called Stainborough Hall at the time) and nearby park in 1708. In 2004 a long term restoration process of the estate began and a lot of work is still to be done.

 The mansion is visited by the public on pre-arranged tours only.

 Lady Lucy's Walk. Closely spaced avenue of lime trees.

 Stainborough Castle. Early gothic folly built as a playground for Thomas Wentworth's children. There is a  circular staircase inside and a viewing platform on the top providing breathtaking panoramic view across the estate. 

One of the golf buggies used by elderly visitors for sightseeing.

The Victorian Flower Garden. Originally probably used as a bowling green this garden has seen many changes and transformations over the centuries.

 Glorious camellia shimmering in the spring sun. One of my favourite shrubs and spring sights.

 The patio in front of the entrance to the Conservatory.

The Conservatory. Full of lovely scent and colourful plants.

Deer in Stainborough Park. They were easy to photograph resting peacefully, unfazed by people standing at the barrier.