Chancellor Philip Hammond has pledged £7.6m in his Autumn Statement to safeguard the future of Wentworth Woodhouse. The grade I-listed mansion house in South Yorkshire, said to be the inspiration for Pemberley in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
The 124,000 sq ft building situated between Rotherham and Sheffield, understood to be the largest privately owned house in Europe has been earmarked for various redevelopments but is now at critical risk of being lost to future generations. Hammond has committed a £7.6m grant, matching local fundraising efforts, towards urgent repairs ahead of a 30 November deadline.
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