Little Moreton Hall
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
This deliciously overwhelming symphony of timber-framing rises like a fairy-tale manor, protected by a narrow moat. The house is built around an inner courtyard, reached through a projecting gatehouse. At the far side of the courtyard is the great hall, built by Sir Richard de Moreton around 1450. To the left are service wings, and to the right a chapel and solar, or private quarters for the lord and his family.
In 1559 the Moretons added large bay windows to the great hall and a few decades later built an impressive long gallery over the gatehouse. There are no corridors within the house; each room leads directly into the next, and the floors are connected by compact spiral staircases.
To the rear of the house is a small formal garden, with clipped hedges in geometric designs. Though very pretty, the garden is really just an exclamation point on the extraordinary architecture of the house.
We opted for a guided tour, though we could have chosen to wander around the house on our own. The guide was excellent, telling us about the history of the house and the Moreton family, then showing us around the entire house and chapel, upstairs and down. After that we were free to do as we chose, so I went around the house again on my own to revisit some of the features I found most interesting.
Though the exquisite ornamental tiber-framed exterior will gather 'oohs' and 'ahs' from visitors, I found the interiors just as interesting, the fact the rooms were sparsely furnished actually helped me to really see the house, and the wonderful fittings like the leather wallcovering and ornamental fireplaces. Some of the decorative woodwork inside the house was simply stunning, and every bit as overwhelming as the exteriors! In sum, Little Moreton Hall is an amazing place to visit.
About Little Moreton Hall
Address: Congleton, Cheshire, England, CW12 4SD
Attraction Type: Historic House
Location: 4 miles SW of Congleton, E off A34
Website: Little Moreton Hall
Phone: 01260 272 018
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
OS: SJ833 589
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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