Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Little Moreton Hall

Little Moreton Hall
(Canon EOS 60D, Tamron 10-24mm @21mm, 1/800s @ f/7.1)
Little Moreton Hall, near Congleton, is the most magnificent half-timbered Elizabethan manor house in England. The hall was built in the 15th century and extended during the 16th by the Moreton family who had bought 1,000 acres of the farmland of Cheshire several decades earlier. One of the later additions to the structure was the long gallery at the top of the building. This was probably ill-advised as the weight of the materials used in this extension caused the building to distort, hence the crooked appearance of this gallery. The moat surrounding the building was never meant as a defensive structure but was dug out to drain the marshy plot of land upon which the house was to be built.

The Knot Garden and the rear of the house
The gardens have been restored to reflect typical formal gardens of the period. The house is fascinating and well worth a visit. It has been in the care of the National Trust since 1938.

5 comments:

  1. Oh this brings back memories! I've been there once... 40 years ago! Looks just the same ;) Well at least the house does. Can't say I remember the details of the garden!

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  2. I've driven past so often and never had a look round. You have captured it perfectly.
    A truly unique building.

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  3. Monica, so glad you've seen this house first hand. I lived for 4 years quite nearby (in the 1980s) and this is the first time I have visited.
    Adrian, next time you're around these parts take a look. You'd love it!

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  4. I love Little Moreton too! I like it crookedness and the uneven floors. It is certainly a very interesting place. Next time I visit, I'd like to do one of the walks in the grounds, which I didn't have time for last time.

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  5. Louise, Lyn and I did do the short conservation walk. It wasn't particularly interesting, just through fields full of thistles and cow pats!

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