A lovely vintage print of the famous Alton Towers, before all the rides and rollercoasters existed. There is a little foxing on the paper, but the delicate pencil drawing is extremely detailed, almost hauntingly so.
Originally built in the 11th Century, Alton Towers was a country estate located near the village of Alton in Staffordshire, England. It was the former seat of the Earls of Shrewsbury. In 1801, Charles Talbot, the 15th Earl of Shrewsbury, decided that Alton Castle was beyond repair so he decided to have work started on a Gothic-style stately home on his estate on the northside of the Churnet valley. Over the next ten years, architects such as Thomas Allason, William Hollins, and Thomas Hopper contributed to the building. Work included the addition of a drawing room, dining room, chapel, library, long gallery, banqueting hall, conservatory, and entrance hall. As a result, the building was doubled in size. It also included the laying of the foundations for the Flag Tower. The house was renamed Alton Abbey, despite having no particular religious connection. In 1924, the remaining part of the estate and house was sold to a group of local businessmen, who formed Alton Towers Limited. When I was little you used to be able to go and walk around the old Towers and always thought it would be the perfect 'Haunted House' attraction as ghost stories abound!