An evening with Mel Jones

Mel Jones

Mel Jones

Our popular Garden Lecture Series returns this month with the visit of the famous Yorkshire historian, Melvyn Jones. Mr Jones needs no introduction to fans and supporters of the house with his previous lecture here in 2019, attracting over 200 attendees. He has been writing about and researching local history for more than 60 years, having written 25 articles about the Wentworth Estate as well as published a book, Wentworth Woodhouse Gardens – An illustrated history.

Mel has a special connection to Wentworth Woodhouse, having visited for the first time back in 1979, working as a member of the academic staff in the Geography and Environmental Studies department of Sheffield Polytechnic, which was based here until the late eighties.

In anticipation of his upcoming talk, he says “When people hear the name Wentworth Woodhouse, most think only of the house and not the expansive park and gardens that surround it. These grounds have a history of their own and once contained a menagerie full of exotic birds and animals from all corners of the world, including kangaroos, chimpanzees and an American Brown Bear! As in the past when it was owned by the Wentworth – Fitzwilliam family, visitors can still go on garden tours or walk through the park and public footpaths. It is the history of the park, gardens and menagerie that will form the basis of my talk, coming up on 23rd January”

A limited number of spaces are still available for wat is sure to be a fantastic and fascinating talk and we hope to see you here. Tickets are priced at £20 and include welcome drinks and canapés. Book yours now at