Recently my husband and I decided to visit Little Moreton Hall, an absolute Tudor gem near Congleton in Cheshire. If you love visiting quirky historical properties or are interested in the Tudor period, this National Trust property is an absolutely must.
Little Moreton Hall is really easy to get to not far from junction 17 on the M6. There are sign posts as you approach the property and at the entrance so it’s really easy to find. There is a small car park and overflow car park on site which is free even for non-National Trust members – which is great!
This property is very different to the large scale regency houses and estates that we see at other North West locations such as Dunham Massey and Lyme Park. In contrast it is relative small property but it more than makes up for that in the unique story that it has to tell.
Little Moreton Hall is a timber framed moated house typical for the Tudor period. As you approach the property you have to walk over the moat via a bridge and into central courtyard. The house is centered around this courtyard with its many windows looking into it.
The Hall was owned by the Moreton family until it was given to the National Trust in 1938. During the English Civil War the Moreton’s were royalists and suffered after the fall of Charles I. The hall was taken over by parliamentary forces. However, it is this fall in favour we have to thank for allowing us to enjoy this property. Because the Moreton’s fortunes were down they did not have the funds to upgrade the house over the years and so it remained suspended in time, a monument to a golden Tudor past. This was protected by the descants of the family, who would not allow it to be altered. Thanks to this we are able to gain this unique insight into Tudor living.
The Long Gallery
One the first things you notice as you walk through the hall is the uneven floor. It is particularly noticeable in the long gallery! Every year the National Trust have to bring out the scaffold to inspect and make improvements to a building a building that wasn’t held up by much when they first started!
Tudor Wall Paintings
The house itself a treasure trove of interesting things. From the building to its history to the Tudor wall paintings that still survive. The gardens are also lovely to walk through. They are small but it’s a very nice walk around the moat and the flowers are lovely.
The property also has a café, a table service café and plenty of space for a picnic. If you get some good weather this is a fabulous property to visit and enjoy both inside and out.
Have you visited Little Moreton Hall? Let me know what you think!