Thornton Manor secret lake revealed after 100 years

PUBLISHED: 17:14 12 March 2012 | UPDATED: 21:09 20 February 2013

Thornton Manor secret lake revealed after 100 years

Thornton Manor secret lake revealed after 100 years

An underwater lake has been found on the Wirral estate that once belonged to Lord Leverhulme WORDS BY SUE McCANN

After almost 100 years, a 12-acre lake in Thornton Manors grounds has been revealed. It harks back to a glorious past when the grounds were the favourite haunt of its former owner Viscount Leverhulme.

It was an impromptu couple of hours angling on the lake by a member of staff from the historic country house that led to the discovery of virtually untouched fishing waters.

The hospitality of Viscount Leverhulme was legendary and, in the early part of the last century, the founder of the Unilever empire ensured the lake on his estate in the picturesque village of Thornton Hough was stocked with the finest specimens.

However, the period since the glory days of the Viscounts house parties in the 1920s has seen the lake and its network of canals and islands lie dormant and given its occupying waterlife nearly a century to develop unfished.

Specimen carp, bream, roach, perch, tench and pike can now be found there in abundance after being undisturbed all this time in the peaceful waters of the waterways virgin fishing ground.

The scale of the lakes secret was discovered after keen angler Adrian Grodzki, who works at the manor and was enjoying some private fishing there, pulled in a huge bream. The monster fish, probably about 20 years old, was tempted by Adrians bait of sweetcorn.

Bryn Jones, a member of the team involved in the lake restoration project at the now privately owned luxury venue at Thornton Manor, explained: Weve always known that in the 1920s Viscount Leverhulme made sure the lake for his sporting estate was incredibly well stocked.

From then until now, the lake has been left dormant and it was Adrians spectacular catch there that led us to realise its untouched state means it can be regarded as virgin fishing ground quite a rarity in this part of the country.

At the moment, the lake is only for private use but, because of the unique nature of this fishing ground its historic associations as well as its beauty and tranquillity will be opened up shortly for exclusive fishing parties staying for midweek breaks in the manor estate cottages.

In this way we can hopefully recreate the Leverhulme days of sporting pleasure and enjoyment.

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