Charles Talbot, 15th Earl of Shrewsbury (1753–1827)
He was the son of Charles Talbot (1722-1766) and of Mary Mostyn daughter of Sir George Mostyn, 4th Bt. He succeeded his uncle George Talbot (1719-1787) 14th Earl of Shrewsbury. Also Earl of Wexford and Waterford in Ireland, Baron Talbot, Strange (of Blackmere), Furnival, Verdon, Lovetot, Giffard (of Brimsfield), Comyn (of Badenoch), Valence and Montchensy.
He began in 1812 the creation of the extensive gardens at Alveton Lodge, Staffordshire (later renamed Alton Towers) which estate had been in the family since the 15th century. He married Elizabeth Hoey, daughter of James Hoey, of Ireland. They left no issue.
Upon his death he was succeeded by his nephew John Talbot, 16th Earl of Shrewsbury (1791–1852) who in 1831, moved the family seat to Alton Towers, having lost the family home at Heythrop, Oxfordshire. Lord John Talbot a devout Catholic proceeded with the improvements fo the House and Gardens at Alton Towers.
But sadly, the contents of Alton Towers were sold in auction by Mssr Christie and Mason at Alton Towers on July 6th 1857 (see, http://www.altontowersheritage.com/article.asp?articleid=57), on the death of Bertram Arthur Talbot (1832-1856) 17th Earl of Shrewsbury (suc. 1852), Earl of Waterford and Wexford in Ireland, Lord High Steward of Ireland, the son of Lieut. Colonel Charles Thomas Talbot (1782-1838) son of a younger brother of the 14th earl, and a cousin of the 15th earl.
Arms: Gules, a lion rampant, within a border, engrailed, or
Crest: On a chapeau, Gules, turned up ermine, a lion statant, or, his tail extended.
Supporters: Two Talbots, argent.
Franks # 28850
Sources: Roderick O'Donnell, The Pugins and the Catholic Midlands, Gracewing Publishing, 2002; Michael Greenslade, Catholic Staffordshire 1500-1850, Gracewing Publishing, 2006; Peter Scott, A history of the Alton Towers railway: including other railways & transport systems at Alton Towers, together with the railways at Lilleshall Hall & Trentham Gardens, 1998, pp. 10-15