The original Jacobean house was rebuilt by Thomas Watson-Wentworth, 1st Marquis of Rockingham (1693-1750), and extensively expanded by his son, the 2nd Marquis, who was twice Prime Minister and who established Wentworth Woodhouse as a center of influence. In the 18th century, the house was inherited by the Earls Fitzwilliam, who owned it until 1979, when it passed to the heirs of the 8th and 10th Earls. Built of bricks, the main structure was started in 1725 by Thomas Watson-Wentworth (after 1728, Lord Malton) after he inherited his father's property in 1723. He replaced the old Jacobin structure, which was previously the home of Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, whom Charles I sacrificed in 1641 to appease Parliament.
WHY THIS PLACE
Considered the largest private residence in the United Kingdom (larger royal residences such as Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle are not privately owned), it has a 185 m east front: the largest country house facade in Europe. Fabulous setting and able to host the largest and most luxurious weddings in a typically British setting.
• The house has more than 300 rooms, although the exact number is not clear, with 23,000 m2 of floor space.
• The house and grounds have been used in a number of film and television productions including The house and land have been used in several film and television productions, including: Shadow of the noose (1980s), Wives and Daughters (1999), Pride and Prejudice (2005), The Thirteenth Tale (2013), Mr. Turner (2014), Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015), Victoria (2016), Most Haunted (2015, 2017), Darkest Hour (2018) and Downton Abbey (2019).