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Architectural historian Dan Cruickshank explores Britain's finest country houses. Wentworth Woodhouse was once one of the most powerful places on earth. Built in the 18th century, it is still one of the largest privately owned homes in Europe. It was commissioned by one of the wealthiest families in the country whose power and riches put them on a par with royalty. And much of the family's vast fortune was spent on this impressive building and its surrounding estate. But today Wentworth Woodhouse is something of a mystery. Few people know the house, and fewer still have witnessed its palatial grandeur at first hand. By unravelling its hidden history, this film reveals a story of intrigue, family feuding and political wrangling dating back over two hundred years.
Published on: December 21, 2011 | 
Length: 59:09 | 
Views: 583
 |  This video is available until: October 31, 2015
 

The Country House Revealed

Six of Britain's greatest private country houses throw open their doors and release their secrets to historian Dan Cruickshank. From the Tudor ebullience of South Wraxall Manor, to the rigour of Kincross in Scotland, to the beauty of Hawksmoor's Easton Neston to the palatial Georgian sweep of Wentworth Woodhouse, the Victorian exuberance of Clandeboye to the Edwardian ingenuity of Marsh Court, the properties exemplify the architecture and fortunes of the nation itself.