Monday, 12 October 2015

Little Moreton Hall

Little Moreton Hall is a Tudor house, and it started to be built in 1503 - yes, over 500 years ago!!!  Amazing isn't it.  The building leans this way and that and has, more than once in its life, been in imminent danger of collapse.  Thankfully today steel rods have been inserted and stitched together to hold it all together safely so that we can all visit.

The whole house is surrounded by a moat which is quite an unusual feature.


We visited Little Moreton in September on a very rainy day, but we still had a very interesting visit.




Rather than bore you with lots of details, I am just going to share the photos with you.



This beautiful stained glass window is in the chapel.




A built in dog kennel!  How clever is that.









This painted wall is incredible.  It reminded us of the walls in the houses in Pompeii or Herculaneum.  The painting carries on over the wood in some places. 


















Isn't it the most amazing building!  Little Moreton Hall is a National Trust property, more information can be found here if you are interested.

If you are ever in the area of this property I can thoroughly recommend a visit, especially if you have children as all of the children we saw were having a really great time - so were the adults!

Amy

51 comments:

  1. I agree it is an amazing place, and one I'd love to see one day.

    You've inspired my to try for a volunteer role in one of the local NT properties. I'll let you know how I get on.

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  2. I've not been here for a while but it's one I love! I'm always more interested in the outside areas when I visit an NT property (I'm afraid the inside doesn't grab me, they're all much the same to me!) but I do love this one with all the wonky angles and nice details.

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  3. Little Moreton Hall looks amazing so many beautiful touches. it's wonderful that a building as old as this has been preserved so well. Sarah x

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  4. What a fabulous place, and it must be preserved at all costs for its unique style. Thanks for sharing this!

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  5. I have never been to Little Moreton Hall when it hasn't been raining. The girls and I watched a midsummer outside performance in torrential rain there once, they loved it! It is a fascinating place though and the garden is beautiful. Oh I can't believe you were just there and we didn't have a mini blogger get together, next time xx

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  6. My late mother was fascinated by Little Moreton Hall even though she never visited the property. So much so, that a friend of hers (an artist, now also deceased) painted a picture of it in watercolour for her and for many years I had this hanging above my desk here in the study. (I now have some prints Japanese Ladies in traditional costume depicting the four seasons. But the painting of Little Moreton Hall might well return to favour before too long!) Wonderful photos of the interior and exterior of this marvellous building, Amy.
    Margaret P

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  7. Lovely photos of a fascinating building, Amy. :o)

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  8. Fascinating, Amy! I loved this tour!

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  9. Absolutely amazing - I've never seen anything like that - ever.

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  10. Wonderful photos. All those old beams and the windows - marvelous examples of architecture way back when. I'm glad it's being preserved for future generations (and ours!) to enjoy.

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  11. What an amazing place! I love the windows, the woodwork, the vines - and how cool is it that there is a moat?

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  12. Wow, Amy! What a place. I love all of the different angles of the wood and the windows - lovely. I do hope you wore a hardhat in case something tried to fall on your dainty little head! :) Thanks for sharing this most unique place.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  13. WOW Thank you so much for taking us along with you to this WONDERFUL house!! We don't have houses that old over here in the States. God bless
    Kelly

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  14. What a quirky building. LOL I adore those leaded glass windows!

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  15. Oh, it is wonderful! Love the leaded windows and all the carvings! A work of art! xo Karen

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  16. What a fabulous building. I love the built in kennel and the carved dragon. What a pity we don't put such detail into buildings anymore. xx

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  17. I love the dog kennel every house should have one.

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  18. Amazing it is still standing but good to see it is and what a historic story it tells.

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  19. What a stunning building, such an unusual shape and attention to detail. Thanks for showing us round..

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  20. Wow what a stunning building...hope it doesn't fall , hope it lasts another 500 xx

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  21. Wow! That is the most beautiful and interesting house. I'd love to visit. Thanks for sharing. Take care.

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  22. What an absolutely gorgeous place and lovely photos! *Runs to renew NT membership*

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  23. Lovely photos, Amy. As you know from reading my blog we visit here two or three times a year especially at Christmas when it is a sight to behold. Also at Midsummer and Michaelmas when they have costumed events. It is a wonderful place and never ceases to enchant, we are so lucky to have it so close to us:)

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  24. Glorious! I love tudor buildings xx

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  25. We love Little Moreton Hall and often visit there! It was so nice to see this post and all your beautiful pictures of it! It really is an amazing building and as you say it is fun to visit for both children and adults......and the tea shop has delicious scones :)
    Wishing you a happy week.
    Helen xox

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  26. What a gorgeous building Amy. Tudor houses really are masterpieces of decoration - there is nothing else quite like them. Long may they be preserved. We are enjoying the British TV show Restoration House these days. So interesting how they can be saved. xx

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  27. That is beautiful! The architectural details are truly amazing!

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  28. What a wonderful house with so many interesting features, not sure Archie would be happy in the dog kennel though. I think this shows how worthwhile it is to preserve these buildings.

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  29. wow wee, that is amazing. those windows. it reminds me a of fancy fancy hotel we saw in Canada, on our last trip, similar in the architecture. the stain glass is just breathtaking. ( :

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  30. I love it! The design is so pretty! And all the old details are so wonderful.

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  31. My goodness, what a wonderful and special place to visit!
    I would love to go there and enjoy al those beautiful details ...
    Thanks for the great tour, love from Mirjam.

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  32. I have wanted to visit Moreton Hall for some time, it is an incredible building. Thank you for sharing your tour with us - super photos!
    Caz xx

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  33. This one is firmly on my list and has been for a while. It just oozes character, beautiful.

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  34. Love, love, love your photos, Moreton Hall has been on my list of places I'd like to visit for a very long time. I love half-timbered buildings and moated ones even more.

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  35. What an amazing place to visit, I loved the stained glass window in the chapel, a feast for the eyes.

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  36. Thank you, Amy, for sharing these wonderful photos with us! This is another amazing building I very probably will not see in person... The Tudor architectural style is perhaps not my favourite, but the house is gorgeous. And the garden? ;)

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  37. WOW! That is amazing! I am so glad that a piece of history like this is still standing - generations can still come and view it. I love the black and white tudor exterior and the hand-painted walls. So much beauty and character!

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  38. WOW! That is amazing! I am so glad that a piece of history like this is still standing - generations can still come and view it. I love the black and white tudor exterior and the hand-painted walls. So much beauty and character!

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  39. Love this!!! I love everything vintage, historical you name it. I could tour old buildings for hours.

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  40. I've seen photos of this building somewhere before but I'm glad you shared yours here. It's so amazing and interesting to see this very old structure still standing after all these years and the architecture of it is wonderful. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a great week ahead.
    Pam

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  41. ah man, I wish I could see it in person!! Beautiful building and the history!!! lovely :)

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  42. What an absolutely amazing place - they certainly don't make buildings like that any more. It is hard to imagine buildings that old in NZ, our oldest are only about 170 yrs old.

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  43. That is one of the coolest buildings I've ever seen! - even if it does look a bit "wobbly". Thanks so much for sharing...just love it!! ;)
    xoxo

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  44. Gorgeous one of the most spectacular NT houses. The restaurant food is all Tudory too. Thanks Amy a lovely post. x

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  45. What a smashing place! I love that photo of the herbs hanging to dry.
    Amalia
    xo

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  46. Fantastic photos of a truly special building. We've been a couple of times and marvelled at the wonky ceilings and uneven floors! Fabulous xx

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  47. oh my gosh - how amazing is that! All of it. Wish we had history like that in NZ!

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  48. Amy, how I would love to visit Moreton Hall! It is the most amazing feeling to me to be standing in a house so old!

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  49. What a whimsical, charming, wonderful old house! I loved every minute of this post! And I am so happy they are trying to shore it up and keep it intact! To lose it would be a terrible tragedy!

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