Past Remains

A view of yesterday from today

Stallington Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

A delightful Italianate style house with an air of elegant decay, it was left empty and derelict for many years, even though it's a Grade II listed building. Built in the late 18th century, and later extended around 1900, it comprises varying heights of one, two and three storeys, and has some lovely features including a stone balustrade above the front storey, an arched portico at the entrance and a rather grand square tower. I love the blending of the red brick and the stone quoins & dressings, the exterior brickwork having faded in parts to a soft orangey-pink.

Interesting remains inside include 18th century staircases, panelling in some of the rooms and carved wood chimneypieces in the Jacobean style. The front room, in the photos below, also contains paired Doric columns and interior arched windows. There was also a rather grand fireplace, but I was unable to pick out any details, as the photos were taken from outside looking in through the unglazed windows.

Above; the panelling and free-standing columns. Below shows the arched windows and screen containing paired columns.

The fireplace, below.

 

The photo below shows a combination of the 'stately home' and the 'red brick industrial'. It always makes me think of a Shakespearean play set in a factory for some odd reason! ;)

There were 12 households in the village of Stallington during 1881 when the census wes taken, included Stallington Hall (originally known as Stallington Grange), being then described as a fine red brick building standing in it’s own parkland and having extensive views over the surrounding countryside. It was occupied by the MP for North Staffordshire, Sir Bart Smith Child, his wife Sarah, daughter Elizabeth and eleven staff. After his death in 1896, his grandson Hill Child inherited the Baronetcy as well as Stallington Hall. He sold Stallington Hall to the City of Stoke-on-Trent  in 1928, after which it was then used as a hospital for mentally ill adults and children.

The metal stairs outside were presumably added when it later became a hospital.

The photos were taken in July 2007 during an Urbex meet up visit. The one below shows another entrance to the right, with a rather hairy 2ft jump across an open basement, which I surprised myself by doing. Unfortunately, the steep climb down to the access inside proved too difficult for me...so I just wandered around taking photos outside. I really enjoyed it though, and it was one of my favourite places to visit.

And finally, a view through the fence to what was once part of the grounds.  

More photos can be seen in the Photo Gallery album along with these.

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