Trentham Mausoleum

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Trentham Mausoleum
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Alternative names Sutherland Mausoleum
General information
Type Mausoleum
Architectural style Neo-classical, Egyptian Revival
Location Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent England
Construction started 1807
Completed 1808 (1808)
Client George Leveson-Gower, 1st Duke of Sutherland
Owner Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Technical details
Material Ashlar stone
Design and construction
Architect Charles Heathcote Tatham
Designations Grade I listed

The Trentham Mausoleum is a grade I listed mausoleum in Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, built as the final resting place of the Dukes of Sutherland.[1]

History[edit]

The mausoleum was built in 1807-08 for George Leveson-Gower, the 2nd Marquess of Stafford and later 1st Duke of Sutherland by architect Charles Heathcote Tatham.[2] Heathcote Tatham was a friend of Elizabeth, the Duke's wife, and along with his commission he constructed several buildings, including a lodge and bridges, at the nearby Trentham Hall.[3]

Architecture[edit]

The mausoleum is constructed in ashlar in a neo-classical style with Egyptian details.[3] The corners of the building feature striped Greaco-Egyptian pylon-like structures, which may have been influenced by Heathcote Tatum's time in Paris, where the style was particularly popular in the late 18th century.[4] The entrance doorway is relatively small with doors decorated in highly ornate wrought-iron work and a heavy stone lintel.[2][3] The mausoleum is surmounted by a small tower, with louvred windows and a pyramidal roof.[2]

Above the doorway is the family coat of arms and the inscription "MDCCCVIII", signifying the completion date of 1808.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stafford Mausoleum, Trentham
  2. ^ a b c d "Name: MAUSOLEUM List entry Number: 1210451". English Heritage. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Pearson, Lynn F. (2002). Mausoleums. Shire Publications. pp. 28–29. ISBN 9780747805182. 
  4. ^ Stevens Curl, James (2002) [1993]. Georgian Architecture (2nd ed.). David & Charles. p. 108. ISBN 9780715302279. 

Coordinates: 52°58′00″N 2°11′52″W / 52.9668°N 2.1979°W / 52.9668; -2.1979