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Wentworth Woodhouse is no Pemberley

Jane Austen didn’t use it as the model for Mr Darcy’s home

By Maureen Stiller  

The east front of Wentworth Woodhouse, ©Garry Bonsall

In his autumn statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced he would grant the sum of £7.6m towards the preservation of Wentworth Woodhouse, a stately home near Rotherham in Yorkshire. “It is said to be the inspiration for Pemberley in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice,” he told the Commons. Although Austen’s portrait will grace the new £10 note issued next year, this may be the first time she has…

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