Alton Towers

near Cheadle, Staffordshire - Earl of Shrewsbury and Talbot

"The princely seat of Alton Towes, sometimes called Alton Abbey, the name itself of Alton being a contraction of Alveton, is situated in the hundred of Totmonslow, near the town of Stafford.

A castle was erected here soon after the Norman Conquest. In the reign of King John it was possessed by Theobald de Verdon, whose daughter Joan carried it by marriage to Thomas Lord Furnival. In process of time, the heiress of the family, Maud Furnival, brought it into the present line by her marriage with Sir John Talbot, afterwards created Earl of Shrewsbury.

During the Cromwellian usurption, the anciant castle, built on a precipitous rock below which flowed the River Churnet, was destroyed by his ignorant soldiery. The present magnificent mansion is of an irregular form, with gables and embattled towers, whence the name.

The noble family of Talbot derives its origin from Saxon times; but its first recorded ancestor is Robert de Talbot, whose name is given in the Domesday Book, as holding nine hids of land from Walter Giffard, Earl of Buckingham."

Click to enlarge

Window Mounted Window Mounted and Framed

Window mounted (UK mainland)34.95
Window mounted (Europe)37.95
Window mounted (Rest of the World)39.95
Window mounted & framed (UK mainland only)55.95
Window mounted & framed (Europe)62.95
Window mounted & framed (Rest of the World)74.95

Return to Homepage