Alton Towers

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Date:1844

Description:An engraving of Alton Towers published in the 'Illustrated London News' in 1844.

Alton Towers was the home of the Talbot family, Earls of Shrewsbury. It was built between about 1810 and 1852.

The 15th Earl began adapting an existing 16th or 17th century house, Alveton (Alton) Lodge, in about 1810. A number of architects were involved, including Thomas Hopper, William Hollis and Thomas Allason. The new enlarged house was known as Alton Abbey by the 1820s.

The 16th Earl succeeded in 1827, and over the next 25 years greatly expanded the house which became known as Alton Towers. His architects included Thomas Fradgley of Uttoxeter, Joseph Potter and A.W.N. Pugin. After the Earl's death in 1852 a great sale of the contents took place in 1857.


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1860s
Commemorative medal, Alton Towers
Commemorative medal, Alton Towers

White metal medallion commemorating the formal possession of Alton Towers by the ...

1880s
Great Drawing Room, Alton Towers
Great Drawing Room, Alton Towers

Interior view of the Great Drawing Room, on the left is the arch connecting the ...

1900s
Alton Towers  'Views round the Town'
Alton Towers 'Views round the Town'

A novelty postcard which shows four different views of Alton Towers by moving a ...

1920s
Whit Monday outing to Alton Towers
Whit Monday outing to Alton Towers

A large crowd on the lawn outside the Gardener's Cottage Tea rooms at Alton Towers. Alton ...

1950s
Alton Towers, main entrance
Alton Towers, main entrance

Alton Towers was the home of the Talbot family, Earls of Shrewsbury. It was built ...

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