Sunday, October 25, 2015

Thoresby Hall 1950s / 1960s souvenir brochure.

Thoresby Hall opened its doors to the public in 1957. If you were a visitor in the late 1950s / early 1960s, this would have been the souvenir brochure you could purchase for two shillings and sixpence (12.5p). The cover features a water colour painting by Lady Manvers of the Hall itself, whilst the black and white photographs inside depict different rooms. I think it is the first such brochure the Hall produced, so have chosen a few which might be of historical interest.

Above: View from Thoresby Hall first floor showing the one time direct route to The Kennels where the Duke's hounds were kept in decades past, and visible here on the horizon.

 Above: The Library. Below: The Small Drawing Room. Guests of the hotel can still access these today and make comparisons.

 Above: The South Terrace Garden.
Above: The Library and The Great Hall.

You can read about the model steam railway which operated at Thoresby Hall in the 1950s / 60s on THIS LINK, and more information and pictures of Thoresby Hall interior on THIS LINK.

For information about how and when Thoresby Hall became closed to the public see THIS LINK.

Also, see how the BBC used Thoresby Hall as Miss Havisham's "Satis House" when filming Dickens' "Great Expectations" on THIS LINK.

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