Thornely Manor Exterior.

On May 10th 2012, I had the pleasure of once again visiting Beesthorpe Hall aka Thornley Manor. I had been in contact with Colin  Matthews, the then owner who told me that Beesthorpe Hall was sold, and this could be the last trip to squeeze out the final bits  of knowledge and pictures, before Colin and his family moved out. The Matthews family were the owners during filming in 1985,  and this could be the last time we get to find out what happened when ‘The Magnificent Seven’ worked on ‘The Manor’.  Many thanks to Colin Matthews previous owner of Beesthorpe Hall  Copyright: The following images, articles and text are copyright awpet.com.

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A team of builders employed by the production company, began work on Beesthorpe Hall in late 1984, and spent several months  turning this beautiful house into a run down old Victorian country house. There were many ways to turn this lived in family home  into a the run down Thornley Manor as we see it on screen. The front gardens were cordoned off and left to grow, false bricks  were stuck all over the front of the property, and a false Victorian Tower was added to the rear of the property. Many interior  rooms were used for filming including the kitchen, which was fully emptied, with a false wall built to hide the existing Aga.  Wallpaper was added to walls, and made to peel to give it that aging look. Doors were also removed and older looking added to  add to the feel of it being run down and old.  
The false Victorian tower was one of the first jobs done of Beesthorpe Hall. It had to be on the building for several weeks, to try  and make it look weathered, and not a brand new addition. The base of the tower was simply a Scaffolding Structure covered in  bricks. The tower was fixed to the Hall, and holes from the work, still remain today. Below is a picture of the Victorian Tower  finished and looking weathered prior to filming. You can also see the gardens being overgrown and generally looking run down.  The owners were basically sworn to secrecy, and not allowed to mention filming of the show, to keep away the press and fans of  the show. Many of their friends and neighbors did ask why they weren’t cutting their lawns. 
Beesthorpe Hall early 1985.
Thornely Manor on-screen 4th April 1986
There were many other additions and changes that the crew made, this included removing and adding new doors. Remember the  scene when Ally Fraser visits with Hallwood for the first time and ventures around the back? Simply a clever addition, and you can  see the door made and ready to be hung in the kitchen. It’s hard to believe that the door we see Ally trying in ‘A Law For The Rich’ is  simply a false edition. The production team did a fantastic job on turning Beesthorpe Hall in Thornely Manor. 

Thornely Manor Exterior.

On May 10th 2012, I had the pleasure of once again visiting Beesthorpe Hall aka Thornley Manor. I had been in contact with Colin Matthews, the then owner who told me that Beesthorpe Hall was sold, and this could be the last trip to squeeze out the final bits of knowledge and pictures, before Colin and his family moved out. The Matthews family were the owners during filming in 1985, and this could be the last time we get to find out what happened when ‘The Magnificent Seven’ worked on ‘The Manor’. Many thanks to Colin Matthews previous owner of Beesthorpe Hall Copyright: The following images, articles and text are copyright awpet.com.
A team of builders employed by the production company, began work on Beesthorpe Hall in late 1984, and spent several months turning this beautiful house into a run down old Victorian country house. There were many ways to turn this lived in family home into a the run down Thornley Manor as we see it on screen. The front gardens were cordoned off and left to grow, false bricks were stuck all over the front of the property, and a false Victorian Tower was added to the rear of the property. Many interior rooms were used for filming including the kitchen, which was fully emptied, with a false wall built to hide the existing Aga. Wallpaper was added to walls, and made to peel to give it that aging look. Doors were also removed and older looking added to add to the feel of it being run down and old.
The false Victorian tower was one of the first jobs done  of Beesthorpe Hall. It had to be on the building for  several weeks, to try and make it look weathered, and  not a brand new addition. The base of the tower was  simply a Scaffolding Structure covered in bricks. The  tower was fixed to the Hall, and holes from the work,  still remain today. Below is a picture of the Victorian  Tower finished and looking weathered prior to filming.  You can also see the gardens being overgrown and  generally looking run down. The owners were basically  sworn to secrecy, and not allowed to mention filming of  the show, to keep away the press and fans of the show.  Many of their friends and neighbors did ask why they  weren’t cutting their lawns. 
Beesthorpe Hall early 1985.
Thornely Manor on TV, 04/04/86
There were many other additions and changes that the  crew made, this included removing and adding new  doors. Remember the scene when Ally Fraser visits with  Hallwood for the first time and ventures around the  back? Simply a clever addition, and you can see the  door made and ready to be hung in the kitchen. It’s  hard to believe that the door we see Ally trying in ‘A Law  For The Rich’ is simply a false edition. The production  team did a fantastic job on turning Beesthorpe Hall in  Thornely Manor. 
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