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Mr.Darcy's mansion house saved

Posted: 10th February 2016
Category: Jane Austen News
Mr.Darcy's mansion house saved

The Jane Austen Detectives have recently discovered that the palatial Yorkshire mansion once owned by the Whig grandee, the fourth Earl of Fitzwilliam during the eighteenth and nineteenth century was believed to be the inspiration behind Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice character Mr.Darcy.

The grandiose Wentworth Woodhouse, located in Rotherham was originally built by the Marquesses of Rockingham. The 365-room mansion was latterly inherited by the Earls Fitzwilliam. The fourth Earl Fitzwilliam by all accounts was a ' pleasant, amiable gentleman with a goodness and generosity ' with certainly less edge than Mr.Darcy.


The most recent owners of Wentworth Woodhouse, the Newbold's, have sold the mansion to SAVE Britain's heritage, a preservation trust for £7 million. The trust will undertake extensive renovations to the mansion, but will remain open to the public to see all the magnificent splendour the mansion has to offer.

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