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Caption for Alton Towers, 1956: In 1831 John, Earl of Shrewsbury, made this house his permanent home. In the late 1860s the then Earl hired John Mason Cook, son of pioneer travel agent, Thomas Cook, to promote the gardens at Alton Towers. Cook's first excursion to Alton resulted in a staggering 10,000 visitors in one day.

An extract from Staffordshire Photographic Memories.

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