On our drive back from London, we called in at Little Moreton Hall. While I can’t admit to staying for more than an hour (the rooms are quite empty, the grounds minimal and we’d already had our fill of cake and tea at Biddulph Grange), we had a nice potter.
The photograph above captures the courtyard around which the buildings sit. They are not all interconnected, and so residents would have often crossed the courtyard on a daily basis.
Built between the early 1500s and 1610, the building evolved and has been preserved in a largely unmodified form by the one factor that usually ensures a lack of evolution of a property through changing fashions – poverty – the Moreton family having been crippled by being on the Royalist side in the Civil War. The family purse never quite recovered and by the 18th century, Little Moreton Hall was rented out to tenant farmers.
When visited: April 2016