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Wentworth Castle and Northern College for residential and non-residential adult education Virtual Tour - The Baroque Wing (1720's)
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The Baroque Wing (1720's)

Thomas's son, William took up the mantle after his father died in 1739. Whilst Thomas had been a politician, William had little time for politics. Without politics to distract him William could once again focus on the house and gardens and this period of the castle's history is marked by a flurry of activity that saw an ambitious building project to expand the house and modernise the gardens.

Thomas's contribution is perhaps most visible in the grounds surrounding Wentworth Castle. He changed the face of the landscape when, rather than developing the more formal gardens, a more park like setting was created with the planting of trees and the sowing of larger lawned areas. It was also a period of consolidation since Thomas also completed the Rotunda that his father had begun. The work of Thomas is a powerful reminder that the glory of the building that is now home to Northern College can be found as much in the landscape as in the bricks and mortar.

It is interesting to see that some of the rivalry between the families of Wentworth Castle and Wentworth Woodhouse continued. In 1759 plans were unveiled for the building of the Palladian wing which was intended to outshine the new Palladian wing built at Wentworth-Woodhouse.


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