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(The postcode for the centre of
Penistone is S36 6AR.)
Distance from Penistone: 5.1 miles / 11 mins
Wortley Hall in the picturesque village of Wortley, stands in 26 acres of formal grounds and woodland surrounded by 242 hectares of park land. The hall was the formal home of the Wortley family for hundreds of years.
It is believed that the original manor house of the Wortley family was situated on Wharncliffe Chase, with the present hall being built during the reign of King Henry VIII (1509-1547). The fashion at the time was to build inside parks away from the villages and there are many
examples of this in the area.
The name Wharncliffe originally Querncliffe, refers to the quarrying of the millstone grit for the production of 'quern' stones (used to grind grain for flour).
Sir Richard Wortley rebuilt the Hall in 1586 and Sir Francis Wortley turned it into a fortress in 1642 whilst commanding the Loyalist Garrison for King Charles I in the Battle of Tankersley Moor.
Deer hunting was the park's mainstay, leading to conflict with Henry Savile, Lord of Tankersley and the forced eviction of local freeholders. Records indicate this ended in about 1730 when several areas were let to tenants after the removal of the deer.
Part of the Trans Pennine Trail runs through the Wharncliffe estate making Wortley village and Hall a pleasant resting place.
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