Trentham Hall, Stoke on Trent

The ruins of the Italianate mansion known as Trentham Hall are all that remain of a grand house designed by Sir Charles Barry, built between 1833 and 1842 for the Duke of Sutherland and subsequently demolished in 1910-12. Most visitors to Trentham go to see the gardens but the ruins form an impressive backdrop to the formal, restored Italianate gardens. The ruins provide a tempting glimpse of the past and Trentham in its heyday so I think the story of this once grand estate should be more widely known. Perhaps one day a new use will be found for these and the other important ruins that lie decaying and generally out of sight from garden visitors.