Wentworth Castle & Gardens

Duke of Argyll's Column

Just spent a wonderful afternoon walking round Wentworth Castle Barnsley, right on my doorstep as well which makes a change from all the tramming about I have to do. Started off sitting in the main event field with deer all around, beautiful animals and one was so tame it came within a few feet of me and Stormy, April the Wentworth Visitor Officer came over to us and explained Lucy the deer looked a little poorly so hopefully she’s arranged for some medical help for her, this been the reason she came so close, poor dear excuse the pun.

Anyway April gave a potted guide around the estate and I’m arranging to go back in and do some event work and private work too, its certainly a fantastic estate and very much worth a visit, we only had a couple of hours there but I would imaging a full day is needed to fully appreciate the vast expanse and wealth of history you can take in.

We only walked a short while and came across the Duke of Argyll’s column

The column was built in 1743 to commemorate John, Duke of Argyll, father in law to William Wentworth and an important agent for the Act of Union with Scotland and surprisingly, in getting King George I to take the British throne. The column is modelled on one in Rome at Santa Maria Maggiore and instead of an angel has a statue of Fame on the top.

Certainly curious as to how it was built so high up there, a credit to the stone masons and sculptures alike indeed.

Will be back there soon to catalogue and build a Wentworth brochure/calendar

Very much worth a visit, its open 364 days a year and the coffee is great

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  1. Ann March 31, 2011 at 5:55 PM #

    Delighted to read that you enjoyed your visit to us Adrian – the deer are just gorgeous aren’t they? Glad too that April managed to give you extra info (even while we take a lunch break, we never stop ‘working’!). Next time come up into the gardens, as a photographer you should really enjoy it – the camellias are already out, plus some early rhododendrons, and the magnolias are in bud. We could really do with a few more nights of rain to bring them on. Look forward to seeing you around. Regards from all at Wentworth Castle Gardens.

    • Adrian March 31, 2011 at 6:08 PM #

      Thank you so much Ann, April was wonderful, so pleased we bumped into her. Were away on a shoot next week but I will certainly be coming back very soon to do more shots. I mentioned to April if I am free I do work in the community for free so if you need any shots anytime do please get in touch, I love event work and do quite a bit for BMBC, I have a permanent exhibition in Barnsley Central Library and I believe in giving back where possible so do please give me a call

      All the very best


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