Visiting Moreton Hall – National Trust
Visiting Moreton Hall (near Congleton) really is a worthwhile place to visit.
It’s actually known as Little Moreton Hall or Old Moreton Hall and it is really quite remarkable.
A casual look at it makes you wonder how on earth it stays up and a closer inspection has you marvelling at the work that has been done to make sure that not only does it stay up but that the hall is a perfectly safe place to visit and at the same time making sure this magnificent structure is preserved.
The property is looked after by the National Trust and it isn’t a place we have been to before. Our last National Trust visit had been to one of our regular ‘go to’ places at Dunham Massey earlier this month.
The walls are not straight
Well actually saying the walls are not straight is something of an understatement – the walls of this magnificent Tudor building are totally wonky and crooked. The hall itself was built over 500 years (around 1504 apparently) ago and had various additions to it by the Moreton family over the years.
I’ll not attempt to explain why it is so crooked but if you want to know more you can read an article here on the National Trust website from a building surveyor.
What’s in a name?
It’s thought that the name Moreton probably has its origins in ‘old English’. The first part of the name ‘mor’ means marshland and the second part ‘ton’ means town. Nearby to Little Moreton Hall is the the town of Greater Moreton – so calling it Little Moreton helped distinguish it from that town.
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