In 1888, Thornton Manor became the home of William Lever, the world’s greatest philanthropic industrialist. In the same year, Lever began construction of Port Sunlight factory and village for his workers, arguably the finest surviving example of early urban planning in the world. Over the next 25 years, here in Thornton Hough, Lever rebuilt this magnificent historic country estate which remains virtually unchanged to this day. During his lifetime he achieved world wide recognition but after his death he became almost unknown. After the death of the 3rd Viscount Leverhulme in the year 2000, the Manor House and nearly all other buildings on the estate became empty and along with the historic gardens fell further into disrepair. The present custodians have undertaken a huge ongoing restoration and maintenance project which commenced in 2005. For the first time in its history, the house and grounds were made available for hire to the public for events. So far, almost all profits from events in the house and marquees in the grounds have been spent on ongoing restoration, maintenance and improvement. By holding your event at Thornton Manor, you will be helping to preserve this historic site for future generations.
Within the house there are three fabulous locations where we can stage wedding ceremonies, as well as a choice of wonderfully ornate rooms and outdoor settings for entertaining your guests.More Information»
Nestled beneath the tree-tops in our extensive grounds, the Lakeside Marquee promises tranquility for you and your guests. Overlooking the water and countryside beyond, our beautiful marquee makes the perfect setting for a romantic, outdoor wedding.More Information»
Located in the heart of our estate, the Dell Pavilion is home to the most romantic and idyllic surroundings – a perfect place for you and your partner to enter married life. Set amidst our magical woodland dell, this intimate venue exudes rustic enchantment and charm. Surrounded by rural greenery and home to our hand carved bridge, this beautiful venue is the perfect choice for a truly unique and utterly charming wedding.More Information»
Set within our secluded garden and surrounded by two acres of beautifully presented countryside, our Walled Garden Marquee can host between 200 and 2000 guests, making it one of the grandest wedding venues in the North West.More Information»
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