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Posted: January 13, 2012

Wentworth Castle conservatory could serve as wedding venue

Work on Wentworth Castle Gardens continues to progress, with officials hoping to use the conservatory for weddings upon completion, reports the Yorkshire Post.

The £3.7 million restoration of the heritage site is due to see the location’s Victorian glasshouse – built in 1877 for Frederick William Thomas Vernon-Wentworth – dismantled and rebuilt from scratch.

If proposals to use the area for wedding ceremonies are pursued, it may be necessary to install conservatory blinds to control of how much light enters the room.

For now, only the outdoor landscaping has been completed, although a representative from Wentworth Castle Gardens confirmed that the dismantling of the conservatory should happen within a matter of weeks.

“Following extensive ground clearance works, the next step will be to re-route the visitor exit, together with securing an appropriate access point for vehicles and heavy machinery,” added the spokesperson.

According to BBC News, the project is being partly funded by the European Union and Heritage Lottery Fund, although £25,000 was raised by volunteers.

Anne Irish, commercial manager for the Barnsley estate, claimed that the building is beautiful even in its current “dilapidated state”, with the aim being to restore it to its former glory as much as possible, while also adding new features such as an ‘interpretation centre’.

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