Wentworth Woodhouse: 12 incredible photos taken inside Yorkshire's 'secret' stately home

Volunteers battling to restore Wentworth Woodhouse believe the stately home could rival Chatsworth and Blenheim when it returns to its former glories.

The facade of the house is the longest in Europe
The facade of the house is the longest in Europe

The ancestral seat of the Earls Fitzwilliam lies between Rotherham and Barnsley and has often been called the country's 'forgotten' treasure house - because so few people are aware of its existence. The family left the mansion after World War Two and it fell into disrepair, but it now faces a brighter future under the stewardship of the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust - who are determined to open the house with the longest facade in Europe to the public.

Volunteer Jo Owens in the Long Gallery
Volunteer Jo Owens in the Long Gallery
Once used by the Earl of Strafford, Thomas Wentworth, whose father was the first to be given the baronetcy of Wentworth Woodhouse
Used by post-war private owners of the house
The house boasts intricate decor
The house's post-war private owners lived in only a small part of the building
Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust chair Julie Kennedy in an underground passage known as Frog Alley
One of several dining rooms in the house
Wentworth is actually two houses built separately and later connected together
This galleried room had a dancefloor and was used for balls
Fine art is displayed throughout the house
It's now being used for weddings.
Volunteer guide Reg Nash leads a tour of the house - visitors must pre-book.