The Lost Scrolls of Trentham
Less than a year since The Trentham Estate’s monumental statue of Perseus took a lead role at Bronze, The Royal Academy of Arts’ biggest exhibition of 2012, the historic gardens at Trentham are once again hitting the horticultural headlines. This time, it’s all about the replacement of six lost cast iron scrolls from the famous Trellis Walk in the world-acclaimed Italian Gardens. What links Perseus and these cast iron scrolls is Taylormade Castings, a large foundry in Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent - and a chance meeting between its owner Gerry Taylor, and St. Modwen Regional Director Mike Herbert, at the launch of Bronze at The Royal Academy last September. “What caused the lost Trentham scrolls to reappear in the gardens was a passing reference made by Gerry in London,” explains Mike Herbert. “He happened to mention some castings he’d once made for a company which sadly went out of business before they collected them, or even paid for them. Incredibly, these very castings turned out to be the missing scrolls from The Trellis Walk.” The scrolls even feature a clear letter “S”, for Sutherland - the original owners of the Trentham Estate. Taylormade Castings is arguably one of Stoke-on-Trent's unsung engineering heroes – specialising in pre-production and specialist casting for everything from prototype axles for JCB, right through to making the new gates at the entrance to Hyde Park, opened in 1993 to celebrate the 90th birthday of the Queen Mother. The Trellis was included in the original plans for the Italian Gardens at Trentham Estate, drawn-up by Sir Charles Barry - the architect best known for his landmark project, The Houses of Parliament. But it wasn’t actually installed until 1847, by which time the garden had come under the design influence of George Fleming. The intricate trellis supports The Weeping Hornbeam Archway - one of the real highlights of any visit to the Italian Gardens, and an integral part of Chelsea goldmedalist Tom Stuart-Smith’s garden for Trentham at Chelsea in 2005. “From a historic perspective, this is a major piece of horticultural news,” says Trentham’s Head of Garden and Estate, Michael Walker. “And it’s incredible how a chance meeting in London between two key players in Stoke-on-Trent has led to this important piece of restoration.” For full details of Trentham Gardens, visit -ENDSFor all media information, photo-opportunities and images, please contact: Amanda Dawson Tel: 01782 657341 E-mail:

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The Trentham Estate, on the edge of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, offers one of the UK’s most diverse days out with a range of leisure activities for all ages. It is one of the country’s top leisure destinations, attracting more than 3m visitors per year and was Highly Commended by VisitEngland in the Large Visitor Attraction category in their Awards for Excellence 2012. The fabulous restored Trentham Gardens at the heart of the Estate attracted 405,000 paying visitors in 2012 – a fourfold increase since 2008, making them one of the most visited Gardens in the UK. Owned by St. Modwen Properties PLC, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, the 725-acre Estate - which was previously owned for over 400 years by the Dukes of Sutherland - has undergone a massive regeneration programme since 2003. It boasts the famous Trentham Gardens, including the very important Italianate Gardens designed by Charles Barry in the 1830s that have been lovingly restored using top landscape designers. The gardens feature the UK’s first ‘barefoot’ walk, a great children’s adventure play area and maze and a beautiful walk around the mile long lake; the Trentham Garden Centre and Shopping Village, an eclectic mix of shops and eateries; Trentham Monkey Forest - home to 140 endangered Barbary Macaques; Aerial Extreme, an exhilarating treetop high rope adventure course, and a 119 bedroom Premier Inn hotel . For full details of all Trentham’s attractions, events, opening times and prices visit

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