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Little Moreton Hall

Little Moreton Hall is a superb example of a timber-framed moated house with rich ornamental panelling. The oldest parts of the house – the great hall and those chambers immediately to the east of it – were built around 1450 for Richard de Moreton, whose family had been landowners in the area for several hundred years. In the 16th century the Moretons added two great bay windows, extended southwards to provide additional accommodation and created a long gallery for promenading and exercising. These architectural additions express both a more leisured lifestyle and an emphasis on social status. Increased sophistication of the interior decoration tells a similar story. Open hearths and braziers give way to elaborately carved chimney pieces, heraldic glass shows emblems and rebuses and painted plaster figures of Destiny and Fortune exemplify the Elizabethan love of allegorical devices.

Visitor Information

Address:
Congleton,
Cheshire,
England,
CW12 4SD

Telephone: 01260 272018

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/little-moreton-hall

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Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire (Accredited Museum)

This collection has 214 items online

Little Moreton Hall is a great survivor of the Tudor period and this is reflected within its collections. Although the collection is small, there are objects which can trace their lineage back to the inventories of 1563 and 1599, as well as a collection of interesting late Elizabethan painted murals and 16th century heraldic glass and a collection of pewter. The Moreton family experienced changing fortunes, making their fortunes by buying land after the Black Death of 1348 and the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and losing much in the Civil War for their Royalist sympathies. By the early 18th Century, the family left the house and rented it and the lands out to tenant farmers for a further 200 years, with the condition they were not to change the hall’s appearance. Elizabeth Moreton carried out restoration work in the late 19th Century and passed the hall to her cousin Bishop Abraham, who handed the hall to the National Trust in 1938. In five centuries, it has never been sold.

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