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Thornton Manor

Thornton Manor Summary

  • Address: Manor Road, Thornton Hough, Wirral, CH63 1JB (Map)
  • Tel: +44 (0)151 353 1155
  • Fax: +44 (0)151 353 1166
  • Owner:
  • Administrator: Dianne Simpson
  • E-mail: Click here to contact

Thornton Manor Description

In 1893 William Hesketh Lever purchased Thornton manor, a house in the gothic revival style dating from the 1840's. In the years 1896 - 1897 the house was completely rebuilt, the main facades in particular, in an Elizabethan Style, including Dutch gables and mullioned windows, by architects Douglas & Fordham. At this stage the house was entered from the South West, the present day garden front.

Two years later in 1899, the little known architect JJ Talbot added the stables. All of these and subsequent additions were in local red sandstone, common to both the area and the period. The first work of the new century was to utilise the stables more effectively by the installation of an arcade to the side that faced the gardens, converting it into an open air dining room. This was followed in 1902 by JJ Talbot’s majestic masterpiece, the Music Room. Talbot tragically died the year it was completed, aged 31.

The finishing touches to Thornton Manor took place between 1912 - 1914 mainly concentrating on the new garden front. It was the death of Lady Leverhulme in 1913 that diverted Lord Leverhhulme's attention toward other projects and the building work at Thornton came to a close. Although the home of both his son and grandson, the 1st Viscount's legacy of Thornton Manor remained largely unchanged, except for the addition of the large indoor swimming pool in the 1960s.

The house makes an ideal location for all corporate events from conferences to product launches. The music room can cater for up to 200 delegates with many smaller meeting rooms available. Their grounds offer the perfect setting for team building activities from quad biking to archery, the 100 acres of land and landscape gardens will accommodate your every need. Impress your clients by hiring the house for corporate entertainment or maybe host a themed event or murder mystery dinner


The Elizabethan style exterior of the house makes the perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs with acres of landscaped gardens for you exclusive use. The Music room is the ideal setting for your wedding breakfast and evening celebrations. A grand JH Willis organ in its impressive marble surround makes the centrepiece of the room with ornate glass ceilings to accommodate up to 200 guests will certainly make the wedding of the year. Or perhaps consider placing a marquee in some of their 100 acres of grounds.

Your service can be conducted in the grand dining room leading into the open hallway with views over the gardens to take your breath away. Escape to the peace and quiet of the bridal suite, the former sitting room of Lady Leverhulme just across from the music room. Why not make use of some of the 25 bedrooms available for you and your wedding party to complete the day as Lord and Lady of the manor


The house and grounds will create the ideal setting for filming and photography. You can make use of the whole house or find the perfect spot in their 100 acres of grounds with landscaped gardens and beautiful outdoor tea houses. The large heated swimming pool would make an excellent backdrop


Thornton Manor is superbly situated with easy access to all main motorway and rail networks. Positioned in a rural location on The Wirral, it is a mere 12 miles from Liverpool and 50 miles from Manchester. Both are thriving cities offering business, cultural and shopping facilities of the highest standards. Manchester Airport is 42 miles to the east and offers daily international flights as well as domestic services. Local attractions are plentiful with racing at the world famous Aintree Racecourse, Chester and Haydock Park. there are golf courses at nearby Bebbington, Birkenhead and Eastham as well as the renowned Royal Birkdale Golf Club. There is sailing on the Wirral coastline and superb shooting in Cheshire and North Wales where let days are available.

Your Reviews of Thornton Manor

Lydia Evans (29 August 2007)

My beautiful niece Laura married Darren on Friday at the Manor, and I have to say what a spectacular setting and most enjoyable day it was. The grounds and surroundings where we had the wedding breakfast were simply quite breathtaking. I think the settings are very special, thanks to all the staff at the Manor who obviously worked incredibly hard to ensure it was a most memorable day. It was wonderful and thanks once again.

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Additional Info for Thornton Manor

  • YesGardens
  • YesGroups
  • YesWeddings
  • YesAccommodation
  • YesConferences
  • YesFilming
  • YesLive Entertainment
  • YesCar Parking

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