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Beautiful 26 Acre Grounds
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Immaculate Stately Grounds and Woodland
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Garden Grown Organic Produce
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Charming South Yorkshire Gardens Steeped in History

A grand venue steeped in history.

History of Wortley Hall

South Yorkshire’s Wortley Hall has a rich history – it was originally the ancestral home of the Earls of Wharncliffe, the Lords of the Manor of Wortley. Wortley’s earliest recording in history is with the mention of Alnus de Wortley, noted in the Pipe Rolls for 1165. Sir Thomas Wortley, born in 1440, lived in the Manor Wortley, believed to be the original Wortley Hall. His grandson, Sir Richard Wortley, rebuilt Wortley Hall in 1586. During the English Civil War, Sir Francis Wortley commanded a loyalist garrison at nearby Tankersley, and led the battle of Tankersley Moor, where he was captured by the Roundheads and taken to the Tower of London. Wortley Hall then fell into decay until the mid-18th century. When Edward Wortley commissioned the rebuilding of the Hall in 1800, James Archibald Stuart Wortley and his wife Caroline Creighton took up residence. The planning, landscaping, ornamental planting and the ultimate beauty of the current grounds, are attributed to Lady Caroline. Further repairs and extensions to the Hall were made mainly during the Victorian period. During the 1939-45 war, parts of the Hall were occupied by the Army, and after 1945 the Hall once again began to fall into a state of disrepair.

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Old black and white photo of Wortley Hall

1950 Onwards

In 1950 The Wharncliffe family decided to give up the hall and it was available to lease.
Vin Williams, addressed other local labour movement activists outlining a proposal that Wortley Hall could have the potential of being owned by the workers and run for the workers benefit. On 5th May 1951, Wortley Hall was formally opened as an educational and holiday centre, for the trade union, labour and co-operative movement. It was in a semi-derelict condition and the workers of South Yorkshire and surrounding areas carried out most of the repairs and restoration voluntarily and managed to restore the original features including the painted ceilings, ornamental friezes and wood carvings.

Today, Wortley Hall is now a company in its own right, and is still a member of the
co-operative union. Any operating surplus is spent on the maintenance and upkeep of the Hall. This is a grand venue steeped in history, and its heritage and values are still strong aspects of its identity to this day, making it a truly special stately home, and a stunning wedding venue.

Friends of Wortley Hall Gardens

The gardens suffered considerable neglect in the period from the First World War to the 1950s. Today, the Hall has three full time gardeners, but relies on the support of volunteers to maintain, tend to and restore the grounds. The Friends of Wortley Hall Gardens group was set up to enable people with an interest in gardening, who would like to donate their time, to have the opportunity to help restore and maintain these historic gardens.

We welcome Volunteers for the Hall and Walled Gardens. These volunteer sessions usually take place on Wednesday for the Hall’s Gardens and Tuesday and Friday for the Walled Garden. For further details, please see us at reception or call 0114 2830056.

Thank you,

Barry Tylee, Friends of Wortley Hall Gardens

Friends of Wortley Hall Gardens Newsletter
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Grounds & Garden

A beautiful South Yorkshire stately home, Wortley Hall is set in 26 acres of gardens and woodlands. 11 acres of these grounds are made up of the formal gardens. East facing, these gardens take in magnificent views over the vale of Worsborough and beyond. The present ornamental gardens at Wortley date back to the early 1800s, when the estate was in the hands of James Stuart Wortley and his wife Lady Caroline. Lady Caroline is credited to have been the driving force behind the beauty of the gardens that we enjoy today. The gardens are laid out in the Italianate Palladian style, with key features being the central fountain and sunken garden. The Walled Garden was constructed in 1797, and was the main kitchen garden for the house – it still provides organic fruit and vegetables to the Hall’s restaurants to this day.

The gardens are open to the public, free of charge all year round with free parking onsite.

We have Spring, Summer and Autumn Garden walks available to BOOK NOW.

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Sunken Garden with the grounds of Wortley Hall

Spectacular blast of colour

Features of the gardens include the Italianate terracing on the south face of the hall fronted by grassed lawn areas. These are the setting for magnificent displays of Summer bedding in the urns and around the fountain, which brings a spectacular blast of colour during the Summer months. The 11 acres of pleasure grounds really are a sight to visit; with plantings from the 17th and 18th Century, including a hollow Sessile Oak 24 feet in girth and some 500 years old.

Colourful garden trees and flowers with white bench

The Walled Garden

In the last couple of years, the old Walled Kitchen Garden has been given a new lease of life by Heeley City Farm and now the Wortley Hall Walled Garden Growers. They are now growing delicious organic fruit and vegetables, which are sold in local farmers markets and used in the Hall’s kitchens. The produce from our gardens is featured in our seasonal menus and served in our stately home restaurants, offering a true taste of Yorkshire. Some of the old varieties of fruit trees still remain, including a cordon of pear trees, a variety of which (‘Soldat Labourer’) is one of only two examples remaining in the UK. To find out more about the Walled Kitchen garden, please visit their website:
Pumpkins growing at Wortley Hall