WENTWORTH, Godfrey Wentworth (1773-1834), of Woolley Park, nr. Wakefield, Yorks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1806 - Jan. 1808

Family and Education

b. 9 May 1773, 3rd s. of Sir George Armytage, 3rd Bt., of Kirklees Hall by Anna Maria, da. and coh. of Godfrey Wentworth of Woolley and Hickleton. educ. Hipperholme g.s. 1786; Trinity Coll. Camb. 1791. m. 12 May 1794, Amelia, da. of Walter Ramsden Beaumont Fawkes of Hawksworth Hall, 3s. 5da. suc. gdfa. Godfrey Wentworth 1789 and took name of Wentworth 10 Mar. 1789.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Yorks. 1796-7, York 1814.

Capt. Staincross yeomanry 1798.


Wentworth, a Yorkshire country gentleman, was returned after a contest on the interest of Lord Darlington in 1806. He gave a silent support to the Grenville ministry. On 13 Feb. 1807 he wrote to Lord Howick to apologize for his inability to attend the House at present: on 2 Mar. he was ordered to attend ten days later. On 9 Apr. he voted for Brand’s motion against the Portland ministry. Returned again unopposed in 1807, he gave up his seat a few months later, without having drawn attention to himself meanwhile. He was never again in Parliament and died 14 Sept. 1834. He had been obliged to spend his last years in London after the failure in 1825 of Wentworth, Chaloner and Rishworth, the bank with branches at York, Huddersfield and Wakefield in which he was the senior partner, necessitated the sale of the Woolley and Hickleton estates.

Grey mss; H. Clarkson, Memories of Merry Wakefield, 163-4.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: R. G. Thorne