Monument details

HER Number:130/1/1
Type of record:Building
Name:Little Moreton Hall


Scheduled Monument and a Grade I listed building, Little Moreton Hall is the most famous and picturesque timber framed manor house in England. The manor was first mentioned in documentary sources in 1271 and the moat may also be of that date.

The waterlogged moat is about 10 metres wide and encloses a platform which is accessed by a low stone 16th century bridge. The platform contains the hall, lawns, ornamental shrubs, gravel paths, a prospect mound and the knot garden (a 20th century restoration). The present house dates from the early 15th to 16th centuries and is built around a courtyard. The eastern wing, was originally the Great Hall and later building created the West Wing giving an H-plan to the house.

Moats are characterised by a waterlogged ditch that encloses a platform of land where buildings were built though they were also used for horticulture e.g. orchards. They were most popular in medieval times though not necessarily for the defensive advantages of being on an island as they were also seen as a sign of prestige. There are approximately 6000 across England with over 200 moated sites in Cheshire alone.


Monument Types

  • MANOR (AD 13TH CENTURY to Post Medieval - 1200 AD? to 1900 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1011879: Little Moreton Hall Moated Site And Outlying Prospect Mound; Listed Building (old) (I) 7/79: Title not entered; Listed Building (I) 1161988: LITTLE MORETON HALL

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