The House from a circa 1910 postcard
House & Family History: The earliest recorded member of the Wortley family at Wortley was Alnus de Wortley, who is mentioned in the Pipe Rolls for 1165. Sir Thomas Wortley, born 1440, lived in what is today believed to have been Wortley Hall; Thomas's grandson, Sir Richard Wortley, rebuilt Wortley Hall in 1586. During the Civil War Sir Francis Wortley commanded a Royalist garrison at nearby Tankersley, and led the battle on Tankersley Moor, where he was captured by the Roundheads and taken to the Tower of London. From the 17th century until the mid-18th century, Wortley Hall moldered in decay, until Edward Wortley commissioned the rebuilding of the House. Repairs were made repeatedly to the House during the reign of Queen Victoria. During World War II Wortley was occupied by the army; post-1945 the decay of the House set in once again when the army vacated, leaving it in poor condition. On May 5, 1951 Wortley Hall was reopened as an education and holiday center, supported by the union movement.
Collections: The artist Sir Edward John Poynter painted four large historical paintings for the Billiard room at Wortley between 1871 and 1879.
Garden & Outbuildings: Peter Atkinson designed stable block circa 1800.
Architect: Giacomo LeoniDate: 1743
Architect: Peter AtkinsonDate: Circa 1800
John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: 2.S. Vol. I, p. 139, 1854.
Title: Christie's Auction Catalog: The Forbes Collection of Victorian Pictures and Works of Art I, Feb 19, 2003
Year Published: 2003
Reference: pg. 194
Publisher: London: Christie's
Book Type: Softback
Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
Author: Colvin, Howard
Year Published: 1995
Reference: pg. 610
Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
Book Type: Softback
House Listed: Grade II*
Park Listed: Grade II
Past Seat of: Sir Thomas Wortley, 15th century; Edward Mortley-Montagu, 18th century; Mary Stuart, Countess of Bute and 1st Baroness Mount Stuart, 18th century; James Archibald Stuart Wortley, 1st Lord Wharncliffe, late 18th-early 19th centuries.
Current Ownership Type: Corporation
Primary Current Ownership Use: Mixed Use
Ownership Details: Owned by Wortley Hall Ltd., a member of the Co-operative Union and the Registry of Friendly Societies. The House is available for B&B stays and conferences.