Little Moreton Hall in Cheshire is a building I have long wanted to visit and the opportunity came up last Sunday, so naturally I grabbed at it. This hall has featured on Shutterchance before, Yellowbear (BILL) posted a black and white image some time ago, it looks like we both stood in the same space to take the photograph, just seperated by time..
One of Cheshire's famous Black and White Tudor buildings, the hall is actually a shade of ocre with brownish-grey woodwork. The black and white finish was something dreamed up by 19th century romanticism. There are not many horizontal floors or straight walls in the place, it started shifting and sinking almost as soon as it was built by the de Moreton family in the 15th Century. It stayed in the family right up to the start of the 20th century, although it ws more or less a ruin by then. The restoration was started by Miss Elizabeth Moreton, an Anglican nun, and then in 1912 she transferred it to her cousin, Charles Abraham, Bishop of Derby, with the stipulation that it must never be sold. In 1938 it was finally handed over to the National Trust and is now open to the public.
The courtyard view.
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