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The extraordinary history and heritage of Thornton Manor

The story starts in 1849 when the land on which Thornton Manor sits is purchased by Charles William Potts...

Our manor retains centuries of tradition within its walls, and the ageless charm you now enjoy is due to the vision held by the 1st Viscount Leverhulme when he took ownership of the estate back in 1888. As a multimillionaire, entrepreneur and philanthropist William Lever spared no expense in renovating the manor, crafting the iconic estate you see today.

1888
1888

Sir William Forwood lets the manor house to William Lever

William Lever (later to become 1st Viscount Leverhulme) was co-owner of Lever Brothers, which would later become Unilever.

1893
1893

William Lever purchases Thornton Manor and soon begins a number of alterations and additions to the property

1899
1899 - 1906

A series of large additions to the property are commissioned by William Lever

These additions included the stables, a new music room and a new porch that changed the main entrance of the house from the west to the south.

1910
1910

The gatehouse is constructed

The gatehouse (which can still be seen today) was designed by J. Lomax-Simpson.

1911
1911

William Lever, now a very successful industrialist and philanthropist, becomes a baronet

The Baronetcy was given to him upon reccomendation of the Liberal Party (for whom he had served as an MP between 1906 and 1909), William Lever becomes Sir William Lever.

1913
1913

Major reconstruction work takes place, with Elizabethan-style wings added to the house

Elizabethan-style wings were added to the west side of the house and much of the work designed by Douglas and Fordham was demolished.

1917
1917

Sir William Lever becomes Baron Leverhulme

1922
1922

William Lever, the son of a humble grocer, becomes Viscount Leverhulme

1925
1925

Viscount Leverhulme passes away

On the 7 May 1925, William Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme passed away. His funeral was attended by 30,000 people.

He was succeeded by his son, William Lever, 2nd Viscount Leverhulme, to whom the ownership of Thornton Mannor passed.

1949
1949 - 2000

Thornton Manor passes to Philip Lever, 3rd Viscount Leverhulme after the death of his father

Philip was fanatical about horse racing, and had a stud at the Manor.

He was a friend of the Royal Family, Her Majesty the Queen Mother stayed regularly at Thornton Manor sharing with Phillip his passion for horse racing.

Other members of the Royal Family would also stay at Thornton Manor including Prince Philip, Princess Margaret, and Lord Snowdon, along with many other visitors such as members of other royal families, heads of state, Prime Ministers and politicians, captains of industry and people of the arts and academic world.

2000
2000

Philip Lever, 3rd Viscount Leverhulme passes away

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