Little Moreton Hall

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The National Trust site says "Logically, it (this iconic tudor-framed building) should not be standing!" and as you approach the hall, it certainly does appear to be somewhat higgledy-piggledy! Construction of the earliest part of the house begun in around 1504-1508 with the most recent addition being completed in 1610. The Moreton family, who owned it for nearly 500 years, were wealthy farmers and landowners in the area and built the house as a symbol of their prosperity.

After parking in the ample car park and being distracted first in the gift shop and plants for sale, and then by delightful black and white lambs gambolling in the fields opposite, I arrived just in time to join the guided tour. James, our guide, brought each room to life with his lively descriptions of the scenes, activities and smells that would have surrounded us all those years ago. We learnt the origins of the word "board" and "chairman", and the dual purpose of the garderobe. The tour finished in the Chapel, where Sunday services are still held. We were then free to roam at will throughout those parts of the building open to the public including the amazing third floor Long Gallery where they used to play sporting games, and the bed chamber complete with four poster bed, a wardrobe of clothes and hats for dressing up and the privy that opened into the moat below. We had been warned to hang on to false teeth if we peered down the hole as several had already been lost down there!

Outside is a pretty knot garden based on a Tudor quatrefoil design, and herb gardens. The whole house is surrounded by a moat with ducks and moorhens. James had cleverly dropped in a mention of cream teas on his tour, so I felt duty bound to treat myself to a lovely pot of Yorkshire Tea with scone, clotted cream and jam from the Hall's tea rooms. After all, I needed to keep up my energy for my follow-on journey to Biddulph Grange Gardens, (about 8 miles away across the border in Staffordshire). As it was a beautiful spring day, I sat outside where I was promptly surrounded by ducks loudly vying for my attention. Fortunately, one valiant drake appointed himself my minder, and was richly rewarded after seeing off all competition! Little Moreton Hall is a lovely historic place which is well worth a visit and you will get so much more out of it if you take the guided tour. As a member of the National Trust my entry was free (I actually joined at the Hall having seen the entry prices!) but it is currently £8.15 each for adults (£9.00 with Gift Aid) and £4.05 for children (£4.50 with Gift Aid). A joint ticket for the Hall and for nearby Biddulph Grange Gardens is £15.50 per adult and £7.75 per child. Details can be found at:

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