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Alton Station

Alton Station was built in 1849 as part of the Churnet Valley branch line for North Staffordshire Railway, also known as The Knotty. Stations were built in grand design, this one Italianate. NSR employed London architect Henry Arthur Hunt who may have had a hand in designing this Italianate building, although some have accredited it to AW Pugin. Pugin has designed other buildings, including the Gothic gatehouse across the road, which it is said might have influenced the station design - a battle of styles, Gothic vs Italianate!

Saltersford Lane

The 'saltway' on the Staffordshire Way between Alton and Denstone, which forms part of the Staffordshire Way

The course of a trackway shown on Ordnance Survey mapping of 1838 and named as Saltersford Lane. The trackway is suggested to be a salt or packhorse way.

 The ‘saltways’ were used to transport salt across the country and are believed to date back to pre-conquest times. Saltersford Lane was thought to have linked Cheadle with Nantwhich, Newcastle and Derby.

Rock Well, Alton

We used this picture in our Facebook Friday photo challenge and as Richard Moss said, "Even though everyone now knows where it is. I bet they still can't find it !!! It's well hidden."

It is a listed early 19th century well. The shaft is now filled in.

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Hospital of St John

A listed hospital, esigned by AWN Pugin in the mid 19th century. It is of ashlar construction with edged herringbone tooling and tiled roof. It forms part of a quadrangle with Catholic church and school.

Owned by the Birmingham Diocese

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