The building surveyors who inspected the crazily tilted and ominously-leaning black-and-white timber-framed Little Moreton Hall, four miles south of Congleton, in 1990 could not believe their eyes. 'Logically,' they reported, 'it should not still be standing up!' But the moated 16th-century manor house of Sir Richard de Moreton has defied logic – and gravity – for over 500 years, and continues to delight visitors and attract period location-seeking film producers.The interior of the house has been left unfurnished by the National Trust, in order to allow visitors to appreciate its structural eccentricities – the sloping floor of the Long Gallery can still seem a little alarming at first sight. The manicured knot garden, restored in the 1980s, is at the back of the house, where you’ll find the herbs and vegetables that the Tudors would have used for their cooking and medicines. Seasonal produce from the garden is used in Mrs Dale’s Pantry and the Little Tea Room, where a delicious selection of home-made cakes, light lunches and afternoon teas are served daily.Little Moreton Hall was used as the backdrop to ITV’s Moll Flanders, in 1996, and in the 1986 film Lady Jane, starring Helena Bonham Carter. Photo credit: buttermaker - Alan Ingram
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Facilities: Wheelchairs, induction loop, virtual tour
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: For rest of 2016: 14-18, 21-25, 28-30 Sept; 1-2, 5-9, 12-16, 19-23, 24-30 Oct; 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27 Nov; 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 Dec. Open 11-5. For more details see website.
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About the area
Nestled between the Welsh hills and Derbyshire Peaks, the Cheshire plains make an ideal location to take things slow and mess around in boats. Cheshire has more than 200 miles (302 km) of man-made waterways, more than any other county in England. The Cheshire Ring is formed from the Rochdale, Ashton, Peak Forest, Macclesfield, Trent and Mersey and Bridgewater canals. This route takes you through a lot of Cheshire, and bits of other counties as well.
While exploring the county’s waterways, covering ground on foot or admiring the typical white plaster and black timber-frame houses, make sure to have a taste of Cheshire’s most famous produce. Although Cheddar has become Britain’s most popular cheese (accounting for over half of the cheese sales in the UK), it was once Cheshire cheese that was in every workman’s pocket back in the 18th century. Its moist, crumbly texture and slightly salty taste mean it goes well with fruit, peppers or tomatoes. As well as the usual white, there are also red and blue veined varieties.
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