Wentworth Woodhouse  by: Henry Flitcroft

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  • Wentworth Woodhouse is a Grade I listed country house near the village of Wentworth, in the vicinity of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England. "One of the great Whig political palaces", its East Front, 606-foot (185 m) long, is the longest country house façade in Europe. The house includes 365 rooms and covers an area of over 2.5 acres (1.0 ha). It is surrounded by a 150-acre (61 ha) park and a nearly 90,000-acre (36,000 ha) estate (now separately owned). An existing Jacobean house was entirely rebuilt by Thomas Watson-Wentworth, 1st Marquess of Rockingham (1693–1750), and then reduced to the status of a mere wing by the immense scale of the new "addition" made by his son the 2nd Marquess, who twice became Prime Minister, and made of Wentworth Woodhouse an important Whig powerhouse. In the nineteenth century it was inherited by the Earls Fitzwilliam, who owned it until 1989, benefiting greatly from the coal under the estate.
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