Jacobites & Tories, Whigs & True Whigs: Political Gardening in Britain c.1700–60

Posted on December 8th, 2009 by Charles Boot
Aug ’10Aug

Jacobites and Tories,
Whigs and True Whigs,

The Wentworth Castle Trust and GHS
at Wentworth Castle, Barnsley, South Yorkshire

Friday 6 to Sunday 8 August 2010

The conference will explore political gardening in Britain, c.1700–c.1760, in order to identify the symbolism and meanings embedded within the country estates of Tory and Jacobite landowners. The papers will discuss whether these landscapes can be distinguished from those of Whig politicians, and whether Tories and Jacobites created an iconography of dissent from the Whig governments that managed Britain on behalf of the Hanoverian Kings George I and George II. Speakers are: Patrick Eyres, David Lambert, Tim Richardson, Michael Symes, Carole Fry, Michael Charlesworth, Terry Friedman, Janine Barchas, George Sheeran, Susannah Fleming and Jane Furse.

The conference will be held at Wentworth Castle in the Palladian wing of the mansion (built 1760–65), and delegates will enjoy meals within the Baroque wing (built 1709–14). Wentworth Castle is also the home of the Northern College for Residential Adult Education which will provide delegates with catering and modern student accommodation.

The Wentworth Castle estate was created by Thomas Wentworth, first Earl of Strafford (second creation) between 1708 and 1739, and further developed by his son William, the second Earl. Although a Tory minister in Queen Anne’s government, Thomas Wentworth became a Jacobite conspirator after the accession of George I in 1714 and employed the Jacobite architect, James Gibbs, to design the interior of his new mansion. It is also likely that Gibbs designed garden buildings for Wentworth Castle.

For full details of the programme and rates download the Booking Form