RefNoVWM
TitleVernon-Wentworth Family of Wentworth Castle, Stainborough, near Barnsley (also known as the Vernon Wentworth Muniments)
AdminHistoryThomas Wentworth (1672-1739) purchased the estate at Stainborough from the Cutler family in 1708, and after substantial rebuilding Stainborough Hall was renamed Wentworth Castle. Thomas Wentworth was created 1st Earl of Strafford of the 2nd creation in 1711.

His son William (1712-1791) subsequently became 2nd Earl. He died without issue and the title and estate passed to his cousin's son, Frederick Wentworth (1732-1799), the 3rd Earl. After he too died without issue the 2nd Earldom became extinct.
The estate passed to Frederick's sister, Augusta Wentworth (Mrs Hatfield Kaye), and after her death in 1802 was inherited by a descendant of the 1st Earl, Frederick W T Vernon (1795-1885), who changed his name to Vernon-Wentworth.
He was succeeded by his son, Thomas F C Vernon-Wentworth (1831-1902), and grandson, Captain Bruce Canning Vernon-Wentworth (1862-1951). Captain Vernon-Wentworth, who died without issue, sold the estate to Barnsley Corporation in 1948. The house was a teacher training college until 1978 and is now used by Northern College.
DescriptionDates in this catalogue are given in New Style.

VWM 1 - 690 Correspondence, papers and deeds
VWM Maps 1 - 156 Maps and plans
VWM P 1 - 17 Printed material
Date1306 - 1940
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AccessStatusRestricted
AccessConditionsA written application form to use the collection must be completed before access to the records can be given
LevelCollection
RelatedMaterialThe archives of the nearby, but separate, estate at Wentworth Woodhouse and the Wentworth, Watson-Wentworth, and Wentworth-Fitzwilliam families who lived there form the Wentworth Woodhouse Muniments (WWM).

Inventory of the furniture , etc. at Wentworth Castle, 1848 (EM/1143). See also EM/687, 924/3, 1142, 1054. 1061, 1052, 1053, 1088 and 1193.

Abstracts of title of Stainborough Hall, 1609 - 1708 (EM/1693-1694)

Correspondence of Thomas, 1st Earl of Strafford of the 3rd creation, 1672 - 1739, etc (LC/69/1-42)

'Stainborough letters, papers and prints, 1700 - 1770 vol. 2' (LD1121)

See also LD1355-1368 and LD1416-1429.

Wentworth, Thomas, 'The Wentworth papers: 1705-1739. Selected from the private and family correspondence of Thomas Wentworth, Lord Raby, created in 1711 Earl of Strafford. With a memoir and notes by James J. Cartwright' (Wyman, 1883) (Sheffield Local Studies Library: 826 St. 81 ST)

Ipswich and East Suffolk record Office holds papers relating to the Yorkshire branch of the family, c. 1799 - 1825, deposited there by Major J. Vernon-Wentworth of Friston.

Papers of the Earls of Stafford of the 3rd creation are in the British Library (Add. MSS 22183-22267)
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