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Pictures of Little Moreton Hall

a Historic Building in the town of Congleton, in the county of Cheshire

About Little Moreton Hall

Little Moreton Hall is without doubt the finest example of timber-framed architecture in England. The building overflows with charm, and what immediately strikes you once you have got over the fantasia of black and white, is it's crookedness, it even has what appears to be a lop-sided chimney! Everything here has a dream-like quality, even the garden based on the design of a knot garden from 1688. Here, you stroll amongst tiny clipped hedges where all you can here is the chattering of birds calling to one another, and the sound of animals grazing in near-by fields.

The house was built by three generations of the Moreton family, from about 1250 until the last century, when in 1938 it was gifted to the National Trust. A bridge over the moat leads to the gatehouse and then to the courtyard around which all the buildings are assembled. The main entrance to the great hall is from the yard. The great hall is the oldest part of the house. There are rooms with wonderful bay windows and good views, and the 68 ft long gallery at the top has a seemingly tilted floor and interesting plasterwork. The painted decoration and early panelling is eye catching, and in the Drawing room and upper porch room there are splendid decorated fireplaces.

Little Moreton Hall is almost devoid of furniture, what you can see dates mainly from the 16th century. This lack of furniture does not detract but rather heightens the historic nature of the house which has been little altered by the five generations of Moreton's who lived in it.

The house has been the setting for many noted films and television programmes, Moll Flanders was filmed here in 1996.

This spectacular property is a must for anyone with an interest in English timber-framed architecture and who wishes to savour the beauty of England's past.

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