About this book
An extraordinary tale of family feuds, forbidden love, civil unrest and the downfall of a mining dynasty. Focussing on Wentworth in Yorkshire, which was surrounded by 70 collieries employing tens of thousands of men, it explains how the Fitzwilliam family rose to great wealth through the coal industry, only to bring about their own demise. It sold 14,000 copies in hardback. 'Bailey is brilliant at recreating atmosphere and finding the right interviewees...' "Daily Telegraph"
Wentworth in Yorkshire was surrounded by 70 collieries employing tens of thousands of men. It is the finest and largest Georgian house in Britain and belonged to the Fitzwilliam family. This title tells the story of its demise: family feuds, forbidden love, class war, and a tragic and violent death played their part.