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Little Moreton Hall

Listed under Contemporary Architecture in North West England, United Kingdom.

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One of Britain's finest timber-framed, moated manor houses, with the wonderful Long Gallery (with an important collection of paintings) and the unusual Elizabethan Knot Garden, little has changed 500 years later. Construction began around 1450, and known best for its picturesque Elizabethan additions, especially its gatehouse, built sometime around 1560s. Little Moreton Hall is not grand in appearance, appearing old fashioned with asymmetrical half-timbering. Rather than displaying Renaissance details, it is pattern that engages the viewer. Diagonal studwork is prevalent, creating chevron patterns that zigzag across the facades, occasionally interrupted by windows. On the top floor, a long gallery with a grid of windows stretches across. This love of pattern is evident throughout, as well as a feeling of quaint humility.

Written by  George Monkhouse.

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