Fifteenth century Little Moreton Hall represents probably the finest example of a half-timbered moated manor house in the U.K – and consequently is one of Cheshire’s most famous and best loved buildings. Irregular in shape, the hall takes on an almost fairytale-like appearance.
It is the 68-foot Long Gallery that contributes to this unique distorted appearance - its immense weight causing the South wing of the house to tilt. The evolution of the hall to that which can be seen today was quite rapid, taking little more than a century from its first construction.
The house remained the residence of the Moreton family from the 1400’s through to 1938, when Bishop Abraham presented it to the National Trust.
Other nearby attractions:
Mow Cop: a village and ruined castle on the edge of the Peak District straddling the border of two counties, Staffordshire and Cheshire. There are many spectacular views over the surrounding countryside from the summit.
Rode Hall: this beautiful eighteenth century hall and gardens are located north-east of Alsager and are a popular site for visitors.
Staffordshire Way Gritstone Trail: contrary to what its name suggests, this trail along the Gritstone Ridge falls mainly inside Cheshire’s boundaries. This challenging walk offers many stunning vistas across both counties.