in Stoke-on-Trent and area
for Marquis of Stafford, Trentham
19 April 1972
STOKE ON TRENT SJ84SE STONE
1808 Ashlar. Neo-Egyptian style
Opposite the main gates of Trentham Gardens is the only grade I
listed building in Stoke-on-Trent. It features a solid oak door at
the front, a window at the rear and an upper storey with four
louvered windows, one on each flank. The gloomy interior, with its
Greek Cross plan, has tunnel-vaulted arms. The ashlar walls slope
inwards on all sides.
mausoleum was built in 1807-8 to the design of Charles Heathcote
Tatham of Trentham. In 1907 the bodies of the half-dozen members
of the Levison-Gower family laid to rest in the catacombs were
removed and buried in special lead coffins elsewhere within the
cemetery compound; descriptive tablets were placed above each
Mausoleum, Stone Road, Trentham
Mausoleum. Circa 1808, by Charles Heathcote
Ashlar. Neo-Egyptian style, with heavy battered
walls to single storeyed main structure and squat central tower.
Massive corner piers with exaggerated batter, and very heavy
entablature continuing across the facades. mall entrance doorway
with steeply inclined jambs and heavy lintel.
Ornate wrought-iron entrance gates. Louvred
openings to tower with keyblocks over, and low pyramidal roof
surmounted by a lead cross. Wide splayed window in rear
Stone vaulted ceiling inside, and Stafford Arms
over doorway with the date, MDCCCVIII.
Erected for the Marquis of Stafford, later Duke
Article from the Sentinel Newspaper, May 2000:
Millicent, the duchess of Sutherland
of Stoke-on-Trent's only Grade I listed building looks ready
to begin this summer.
And when repairs on Trentham Mausoleum are complete its
upkeep will be partly financed by converting part of it into
a columbarium where people's ashes can be stored in special
caskets marked by a plaque.
on Stone Road was built in 1808 as the last resting place
for members of wealthy county landowners, the Sutherland
family, who lived at Trentham Hall until Millicent, the
duchess of Sutherland and her husband gave their home to the
city of Stoke-on-Trent in 1910.
aristocratic occupants, the building was allowed to
deteriorate and last year featured on English Heritage's
list of most neglected at-risk historical monuments.
The council hopes to win grants from English Heritage, the
Heritage Lottery Fund and Staffordshire Environmental Fund
to cover the £250,000 cost of the renovation, which includes
fixing the leaking roof, cleaning the tombstones and
restoring a stained glass window and oak entrance doors.
the council's assistant director of leisure and cultural
services, said: ‘‘The idea
is that at the moment Trentham Cemetery has no room for new
burials so people turn to Newcastle or Stone. This would
give local people something in the neighbourhood they can
use and visit easily.''
As well as those paying their respects, the mausoleum would
be open for the first time to the public, with guides able
to point out historical features such as the bell installed
inside because of the Victorians' macabre fear of being
more on the Mausoleum
on Trentham Hall and Gardens
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