The heat is on at the mansion

WWPT’s facilities manager Julie Readman checking a radiator from 1908 in the Marble Saloon

by ANTONY CLAY

THINGS are heating up nicely at a stately home — or at least they will be soon thanks to a massive cash boost.

Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust is set to replace its old gas central heating system with a new alternative that will cover the whole house.

Money from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage and the Heritage Stimulus Fund totalling £331,200 means the work to explore how to install a ground-source heat pump and heating system can push on.

The mansion’s first heating system — powered by coal — was installed around 1908 by the 7th Earl Fitzwilliam and featured an extensive network of pipes and radiators supplying most of the house.

The same pipes and radiators are still in use today in parts of the property but the fuel is now gas and costs £28,000 a year.

The Trust linked up with 20 other properties in the Historic Houses Association (HHA) to put in a collaborative bid for the first round of awards from the Government fund.

Sarah McLeod, CEO of Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust, thanked Historic England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport for its backing.

She said: “They have supported the Trust right from the start and have shown once again they are there for us.

“We were up against some very deserving HHA properties and are incredibly grateful.

“We are in dire need of these repairs and are determined to forge ahead with plans for a heating system which will not only be much more efficient, but will be green and sustainable.”

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