Last chance to Make Your Mark at Wentworth Woodhouse
Time is running out for a once in a lifetime chance to ‘make your mark’ on Wentworth Woodhouse.
There are less than three months to go before major repairs commence on the roof sitting over the magnificent state rooms at the Grade I listed mansion in Rotherham.
The start of this vital work means the Preservation Trust’s Make Your Mark in History Appeal, must draw to a close.
The appeal enables anyone to sponsor a roof slate and have it inscribed with their own message before it goes onto the roof above the famous East Front, to remain there for centuries.
Hundreds of supporters have already come forward, paying a suggested donation of £50 and raising over £24,000 for WWPT’s huge restoration task.
Now the Trust is urging more fans of the house to come forward swiftly.
“People only have until the end of August to leave their mark on the most important part of the house in this unique way,” said Sarah McLeod, CEO of WWPT, which purchased the house for £7 million in March 2017 after a five-year campaign.
“These messages will last the test of time and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
“The £24,000 the appeal has brought in since its launch in April 2018 has been a very welcome boost. We are hoping people who love this house will get behind the appeal in its final months and give it a final push.
“After August we begin a two-year restoration project on the roof over the East Front, using funding awarded from the Chancellor’s 2016 budget.”
Everyone leaving their message in the roof is following a tradition carried out by craftsmen for more than 200 years. Their hand-carved messages were discovered last year and inspired the appeal.
Modern methods means WWPT volunteers can now etch messages and dedications using a high-grade laser.
Already, slates have been sponsored by wedding couples, local families and businesses to commemorate anniversaries and in dedication to loved ones.
Famous names include Rotherham United Manager Paul Warne, Sheffield United footballer Rhys Norrington-Davies, Hollyoaks actor Jimmy McKenna, who plays character Jack Osbourne, Dancing On Ice 2018 winner Jake Quickenden and Thomas Wentworth, the 1st Earl of Strafford.
To support work to protect Wentworth Woodhouse, go to www.wentworthwoodhouse.org.uk