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Trentham Gardens, Staffordshire added to Parks and Recreation in West Midlands by D0c.Col on 26/10/2023

The Trentham Estate in Staffordshire, England features in the Domesday Book of 1086 and was listed as a royal manor valued at 115 shillings. Trentham Hall was sold to James Leveson in 1540. Sir Richard Leveson had a new house built in the Elizabethan style in 1634 but it was demolished to make way for a later Georgian house. Sir William Leveson-Gower, 4th Baronet, built a new house on the site in 1690 and around 1730, John Leveson-Gower, 1st Earl Gower, erected a hall based on Buckingham House. This was to be substantially altered by his son, 1st Marquess of Stafford, between 1775 – 1778. The 2nd Duke of Sutherland commissioned Charles Barry, to add an extension to parts of the house that dated between 1833 to 1842 while working on a rebuild of the Palace of Westminster. The focal point of the building was a 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) campanile clock tower. The original approach to the hall was from the west, and had an Italianate grand entrance and a one-storey semicircular arcade range with side wings. Charles had continued to improve the house for another decade adding a new block with state bedrooms, dressing rooms, a servant's quarters and a clock tower all commonly referred to as the Riding School. Standing on the edge of a large cobbled stableyard it was the final major addition to the property and sadly now is virtually the only structure that remains of the 1851 imposing and once quoted "elegant mansion ".
The 18th and 19th Century Parkland that surrounded Trentham Hall was designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, the Shakespeare of English garden design. The house served as the Staffordshire seat of the Dukes of Sutherland.
In the southern area of the Trentham Estate stands the monument to the 1st Duke of Sutherland. This colossal statue was raised in 1834 at the instigation of the second Duke, a year after the first Duke's death. The hall was one of many to be demolished in the 20th century, and was considered one of the greatest losses of the era. The River Trent no longer fed the lake in front of the hall, but still passed the edge of the estate. Sewage and effluent from the nearby potteries polluted it making life at the hall VERYvery unpleasant. The hall was abandoned as a residence in 1905 and was offered to Staffordshire County Council on condition that it be used as an institute of higher education. However an agreement could not be reached and with the council concerned that pollution from the Trent would render a residential institution at the hall undesirable, the county council declined the offer in 1906. The Duke of Sutherland then decided to offer the estate to the six Potteries towns the following year in the event that they went ahead with plans to merge into a single county borough, but after their 1910 federation, the new Stoke-on-Trent Corporation also declined the offer in 1911 due to its high potential cost of maintenance. This was to be the hall’s death knell and the 4th Duke of Sutherland ordered it to be demolished in 1912, although the sculpture gallery, clock tower and parish church along with a few other buildings, were saved from destruction, their Grade II listed remains are still on the Heritage at Risk Register.The 1758 ‘Capability Brown’ designed gardens were superimposed over an earlier formal design of Charles Bridgeman but the current layout of Trentham Gardens are based on the surviving Barry formal gardens of the 1840s and in 2012 the Trentham Estate was selected as the site of a Royal Diamond Jubilee wood. Since the turn of the millennium, Trentham Gardens has undergone a £120 million redevelopment as a leisure destination and it’s regeneneration includes restoration of the Italian gardens and adjacent woodlands. The goal is to avoid a theme park-like attraction, but instead offer "authentic experiences" for all ages.

Trentham Gardens is easily found in Google Maps and parking is plentiful, even on the busiest of days in the shopping village. TOAL was just behind the Church and can be accessed by walking passed the left of the garden centre over the river bridge between the white stable buildings and onto the public road behind the church. The Park"s staff are always noticeable around the park itself and although not in a FRZ they do not allow TOAL on their grounds.

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Co-ordinates: 52.96601, -2.201651 • what3words: ///bats.oath.knee

The originator declared that this location was not inside a Flight Restriction Zone at the time of being flown on 15/10/2023. It remains the responsibility of any pilot to check for any changes before flying at the same location.

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Titchfield abbey Hampshire (By Kirky)

Titchfield abbey,
What a stunning place which I only stumbled upon when watching the weather & a viewer had posted a photo, up until then I had never heard of or seen this place & I'm so glad I made it there for a visit, such a peaceful place set in gorgeous surroundings, TOAL & park is so easy, I visited the abbey before I done my drone shots & spoke to a few locals in & around the abbey, I told them why I was there & mentioned drone / Ariel photography & was said no better place for it, very friendly indeed & I can think of nothing negative at all to say about this place what so ever, it is open to the public so I guess it can get busy at times so if & when flying do be mindful of that, & around the abbey has many places to TOAL no problems at all,
Gorgeous place & would visit again.
Added links as there’s lot of history on this place.



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Co-ordinates: 50.85676, -1.23167 • what3words: ///tricks.operating.examine

Chislehurst Scadbury Park (By grandad1950)

A nature reserve near Chislehurst. A mix of woodlands ( with interesting carved bears) and open parkland. Lots of space outside the woods, and a pleasant walk.

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Co-ordinates: 51.41567, 0.098537 • what3words: ///period.richer.mirror

Stevenston Burn (By Kcscott)

Wooded area with a small burn running though it and a public dirt path to one the side of it.
Great area to practice flying with obstacles and confined spaces.

Can be accessed easily over the foot bridge behind Kerelaw Castle as well as from the old Kerelaw School site on the opposite side of the river to the Castle.

Footpath can be busy at times with dog walkers as well as Horse riders so caution should be used when flying round corners etc.

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Co-ordinates: 55.64889, -4.752469 • what3words: ///dentistry.flashback.depended

Kerelaw Castle (By Kcscott)

Old Castle Rusins with a large Park area on both sides and plenty of Room to Manoeuvre. The castle grounds itself is fenced off with no access due to structural safety concerns.
The castle does Boarder a housing estate so caution should be used when flying over or close to private residence.

Good place for Beginners.

History Of Kerelaw Castle:
Kerelaw Castle is an altered massive ruined 13th- or 14th-century tower and courtyard, which is much overgrown. The basement was vaulted, and the building was remodelled in the 16th or 17th century.
Kerelaw was a property of the Lockharts in 1191, but later passed to the Campbells of Loudoun. The castle was built by the Cunningham Earls of Glencairn (Maxwelton), but was apparently destroyed (or sacked anyway) in a feud in 1488, and then sacked by the Montgomerys of Eglinton in 1528. Eglinton Castle was burned in retaliation. William Cunningham, 9th Earl, was active as a Covenanter, and led an unsuccessful rebellion against Cromwell’s occupation in 1653. He was made Chancellor of Scotland, after the Restoration, from 1661 to 1664.
The property had been sold to the Boyds in 1609, then to the Cunninghams of Cunninghamhead, before going to the Hamiltons in the middle of the 17th century. The ruined castle was remodelled around 1830 as a garden folly for Kerelaw or Grange House, an 18th-century mansion, which has itself been demolished, when large Gothic windows were inserted.

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Co-ordinates: 55.64835, -4.75232 • what3words: ///drank.emerge.unfilled

Erith Pier (By grandad1950)

Erith Pier is the longest pier on the River Thames in London. Originally used for shipping it is now used for leisure and fishing activities. Good views along the river I parked in the Morrisons car park, free for 3 hours. Good views along the river.

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Co-ordinates: 51.4823, 0.184613 • what3words: ///dull.mason.beans

Hoober Stand (By Jim437)

Hooper Stand you can go up the pyramid however its only open 12-3 on Sundays

Hoober Stand is a 30-metre-high (98 ft) tower and Grade II* listed building on a ridge in Wentworth, South Yorkshire in northern England. It was designed by Henry Flitcroft for the Whig aristocrat Thomas Watson-Wentworth, Earl of Malton (later the 1st Marquess of Rockingham) to commemorate the quashing of the 1745 Jacobite rebellion. It lies close to his country seat Wentworth Woodhouse. Its site is approximately 157 metres (515 ft) above sea level and from the top there are long-distance views on a clear day. Hoober Stand is one of several follies in and around Wentworth Woodhouse park;

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Co-ordinates: 53.48203, -1.387487 • what3words: ///matter.breed.unfit

National Coal mining Museum (By Jim437)

Email the mine manager for permission to takeoff and fly over the site ,be mindful there can be a lot of visitors including children at the site

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Co-ordinates: 53.64321, -1.62003 • what3words: ///flop.dignitary.luckier

Wybunbury Tower (By McBrowser)

The leaning tower of Wybunbury in Cheshire. An interesting place to fly. I parked at the Red Lion car park, which is currently closed down.

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Co-ordinates: 53.04529, -2.448924 • what3words: ///unloading.quilting.galaxies

Lesnes Abbey ruins Bexley (By grandad1950)

The Abbey ruins are in Abbey Woods. Easy parking and TOAL , the ruins are well worth exploring

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Co-ordinates: 51.48837, 0.128502 • what3words: ///dating.strut.runs

Brixham (By richrab)

Brixham Harbour is located on the southern side of Tor Bay and boasts one of the largest fishing fleets in the UK, plus a thriving fish market to support it.

Nice place to TOAL for good views of the Harbour and surrounding area.

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Co-ordinates: 50.40076, -3.517543 • what3words: ///river.tungsten.cooking

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