We are pleased to announce the launch of the pre-publication records for the Wentworth Household of Wentworth Woodhouse (Wath-upon-Dearne), West Yorkshire.
William Wentworth, baronet (1562—1614), was succeeded by his son Thomas Wentworth (1593-1641), 1st Earl of Strafford and Lord Deputy of Ireland from 1632-1640. A leading figure in the politics of the day, Wentworth supported the King on a number of occasions and was eventually condemned to death by Parliament and executed on 12 May, 1641.
The records provided here come primarily from Wentworth’s personal correspondence, and they give evidence of a household and its inhabitants enjoying lively entertainments, plays, masques and the antics of household fools.
The records may be viewed here: http://community.dur.ac.uk/reed.ne/?page_id=18
*We are grateful to the REED West Riding editor Sylvia Thomas for providing these pre-pub records. She notes that these transcriptions appear with the permission of Sheffield City Council, Libraries, Archives and Information: Sheffield Archives. The Wentworth Woodhouse Muniments are reproduced with permission from The Milton (Peterborough) Estates Company and the Director of Communities, Sheffield City Council (the Wentworth Woodhouse papers have been accepted in lieu of Inheritance Tax by HM Government and allocated to Sheffield City Council).