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Brief description of site

The site has formal gardens, pleasure grounds and a landscape park. The park covers some 200 hectares, and was laid out around 1759 for the Earl Gower by Capability Brown. The formal gardens cover around two hectares, and were laid out in the 1830s and 1840s by Sir Charles Barry and W A Nesfield.

Brief history of site

Trentham, formerly an Augustinian priory, was purchased in 1540 by James Leveson. By 1746 the house made from the priory buildings had been replaced by a much larger building, accompanied by an extensive formal landscape. In 1759 Lancelot Brown was commissioned to rework the lake and park and later to enlarge the south, garden front of the house. In 1833-4 Charles Barry was engaged to transform what was already a large house into an Italian-style palace and to lay out before it a great formal garden. However, by 1907 the pollution of the River Trent, which runs through the site, had made the house uninhabitable, and it was demolished in 1910-11.

Location information:

Address: Trentham, Staffordshire, ST4 8JG

Locality: Stoke-on-Trent

Local Authorities:

Staffordshire; Newcastle-under-Lyme; Clayton

Historical County: Staffordshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 118 Grid Ref: SJ865406
Latitude: 52.9626 Longitude: -2.20243

Directions:

The site is on the A34 between Stoke and Stafford. It is sign posted from the A50 and the M6.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is open daily except Christmas Day, with shorter hours in the winter months.

Key information:

Form of site: country estate

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Main period of development: Mid 18th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

Site Size (Hectares): 450

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