Not really a location for boots or paws but today's photos are from our visit to the National Trust's Little Moreton Hall. The Hall is located about 4 miles to the South West of Congleton in Cheshire and is signposted from the A34 road that links Congleton and Kidsgrove. For a map of the area click here. The property is only open at weekends from the 29th November 2003 until the 21st December 2003, 11:30am until 4:00pm. The weather is dry with occasional glimpses of blue sky and sun, the temperature a chilly 7˚C.
|This timber framed manor house is a busy place today as admission is free during the open weekends in December for the Yuletide celebrations. There is only access to the Ground Floor at this time of year, which has been decorated in a traditional Tudor style.|
|The house is one of the most photographed places in Britain, it is easy to see why with the striking black and white of the timber frame. Centre photo above shows the knot garden, a reconstruction taken from a design in 'The English Gardener' by Leonard Meager (1688).|
|Left photo shows the moat surrounding the property. Construction of the house took place between 1450 and 1580 by the Moreton family who owned the land for 700 years. Right photo was taken in the cobbled courtyard.|
|An example of some of the decoration at the manor house in the photo on the left. The property was presented to the National Trust in 1938.|
|Left photo shows the stained glass window in the Chapel. Centre and right photos, the picture postcard setting as the blue sky makes a brief appearance. There is entertainment organised throughout the December weekends, today the Little Moreton Hall Singers 12:00noon - 1:30pm and Musical Banquet - Tudor Period Music 2:00pm - 3:30pm.|