Yesterday, we went Garden Visiting In January to the historic walled and landscaped gardens in Wentworth. You can read about it on my other blog, The Good Life. Afterwards, we decided to pop in to the village to have a look around. Diane from Heart Shaped had mentioned it to me a while ago, she thought I'd like it there, and I did.
The main street is one long road and there's some beautiful little chocolate box cottages.
A street sign.
Paradise Square is aptly named, I think you'd agree.
Even the side streets are lined with pretty cottages.
Such a quaint little tea room with a charming garden. It was too cold to sit outside yesterday though, a frost lingered all day.
The heart of any village is The Village Shop.
Wentworth is a small village, yet it has two churches. The new church was commissioned in 1872 by the 6th Earl Fitzwilliam in memory of his parents. We walked up the tree lined avenue to take a look.
It has a spire of almost 200 feet which can be seen for miles around.
The old church is believed to have medieval origins.
Only the chancel and North Chapel remain intact.
The church was open so we went inside.
There's monuments to various generations of the Wentworth family as well as the Fitzwilliam family vault, though this was closed off yesterday.
A handy guide to tell you what to look for so that you don't miss anything.
I was interested by the reference to the Gascoigne family, especially Margaret Gascoigne who married Thomas Wentworth. As you know, a place we visit often is Lotherton Hall, this once belonged to the Gascoigne family and I wondered if there was any connection. It turns out that Margaret Gascoigne was indeed the ancestor of the Gascoignes who lived at Lotherton. The chest tombs hold the remains of Thomas Wentworth and Margaret Gascoigne.
I'd definitely recommend a visit to the church if you're in the area, there's so much history here and so much to see.
We had a wonderful day out, though we were glad the heating was on when we got home.