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We are often asked what it's really like inside the manor (Cricket St Thomas), so here below are a few photos of how it looked before it was sold to Warner Holidays.
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We have had a question regarding the position of the Lodge to the Manor in real life. Is it at the end of the drive as shown in the series?
Well we are sorry to spoil the illusion but in fact the Lodge is about a mile away on another part of the estate. The BBC used a dummy gate post to make it look as if they were close together, but you never actually see them in the same shot.
Here's a picture to show how it was done.

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We were asked by Drew Sexton about the TTMB books and who wrote them.
There were two books written by Peter Spence and published around 1980 by Arrow Books. They are no-longer available from the publishers, but you might be able to get one through a second-hand book seller. The ISBN numbers are as follows:
Book One  0 090920160 7 Book Two  0 09 923440 8

 

In the U.S.A. 'To The Manor Born' by Peter Spence was published by St. Martin's press in 1979.
The ISBN is:

0-312-80752

GOOD HUNTING

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Did they really film inside Cricket House and who owns it now? These questions were raised by Jane Owens.

Yes Jane, they filmed part of the shooting episode in the hall at Cricket as you can see from the attached photograph, also it was used in episodes 16, 17, 19, & 21. The other scenes inside the manor were all done on studio sets.

hallway
Until this year Cricket St Thomas was owned by Mr John Taylor who is the brother-in-law of Peter Spence the creator and writer of To The Manor Born. Cricket House has now been bought by the holiday company Warner, who are in the process of turning it into an hotel. They are hoping to have it open in August 1999. It will be for short breaks for adults.
For details of how to contact Warners, see the notice in the Village Shop Window
They now have a new web page.
www.warnerholidays.co.uk

We hope Jane this has answered your questions. Unfortunately we were unable to reply to your email at the address given, perhaps you could drop us a line again soon with your correct address. 

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    Another one of those questions we keep getting asked is " Have you spelt Audreys husbands name correctly, should it not be Martin".  We're sorry to have to say that those of you who think it's Martin and not Marton are wrong. To prove the point we have included two cuttings below

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And the story behind Marton ?

When Peter Spence the creator and writer of To The Manor Born was typing the draft copy of the original radio pilot he made a typing error. This was in 1978 and he was using a manual typewriter so there was no spell checker. instead of typing Martin he had typed Marton. Checking your keyboards will show how easy this is to do. Whilst it was being read through with the producer John Lloyd, this minor error ( amongst a few others ) was spotted. John questioned Peter about it, wondering if it was indeed an error or intentional. Peter confirmed it to be an error and said he would change it. John Lloyd, however, said that he liked it and that the aristocracy were always mucking about with the spelling of things, besides he said everone will pronounce it as Martin so what's the difference. So there you have it. On the insistance of the BBC producer John Lloyd, Audrey's husband was to be called Marton fforbes-Hamilton.

 WHAT YOU WANTED TO KNOW.
Where is cricket St Thomas and how can I get there. We have had a number of requests for this information. Its between Chard and Crewkerne in Somerset, and here are a couple of maps to show you the way. Cricket St Thomas is also a Wild Life Park and well worth a visit for those not so passionate about To The Manor Born. For a fast link to their web site please click below.

CRICKET ST THOMAS WILDLIFE PARK


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What is a 'Bucks Wizz?
In episode 6 - The Grape Vine - Mrs Poo asks Audrey if she would like a Champagne Cocktail or a Bucks Wizz. Quite a few people have asked us what sort of a drink this is. The reality is that it was a smudge on Daphne Heards script and on the read through she thought it said WIZZ not FIZZ.. Originaly they were going to change it, but Penelope Keith suggested that it should stay as it was the sort of mistake that Mrs Poo would make. A Bucks Fizz is Champagne and Orange Juice ( a Mimosa )
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How International is To The Manor Born?
TTMB was sold all over the world to many different countries. Naturally is was a huge hit in many of them. England, America, New Zeland, Australia to name but a few. However to prove the point, here is a recent press cutting from the Netherlands.
 
(Cutting kindly supplied by Ineke Rauhut)
If anyone has any cuttings from other countries then please contact those listed below:-
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Any Questions then please contact either :-

OLD NED
grantleigh.manor@which.net

OR

BRABINGER
grantleigh_lodge@yahoo.com


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