Thursday, 28 May 2015

Little Moreton Hall - National Trust Treasure in East Cheshire May 2015

A Lovely Family Visit to Little Moreton Hall

Our son and granddaughter have been up from London for Whitsun - and have also recently joined the National Trust. So a visit was planned, along with Chris' sister and husband to Little Moreton Hall.
'Moreton' derives from the medieval words 'mor' meaning 'marsh land' and 'tune' meaning farm. So literally, 'Farm on the Marsh'.

We had been a couple of times in the last five years - though for the Medieval Christmas event. This time the weather was sunny and bright which showed off the house to full effect.
The original building dating from around the 13th century was replaced by William Moreton with a Great Hall built from 1504.
The north range was added to over the next 100 years and with extension to the east and south range.
There is an extensive history on this link.

A view from the south, looking at the main entrance over the moat and at the South Range.
This section was added in about 1560 and includes the Gatehouse and the impressive Long Gallery on the top floor. The weight of this extra building, on essentially a sandstone block base, caused building to settle, buckle and twist to give the uneven shape of today

An outside view of the Knot Garden

We met two servants from the 16th century. The gentleman on the right is the Steward, basically running William Moreton's household. He is wearing clothes handed down from his Master - though only allowed to do this within the household boundary and not outside!

The doorway and the two glass bay windows were added in 1559 - amazing medieval glasswork

Doorway to the North Range, added in 1546

Our son and granddaughter in front of the East Range

Relaxing in the Courtyard before the guided tour

A view of the stained glass - quite modern - as it was put into the chapel by the last owners, the Bishop of Derby in the 1930's before it was given to the National Trust in 1938

A private view of the 'garter robe' - toilet to us, which opens straight down to ground level!!

One of the servants - aka our granddaughter

Looking up at the first floor bay window - with the builders inscription in the top boarding.
The date (in Latin) reads MDLIX - 1559 !

A view of the foundations - basically sandstone blocks laid on the earth. The wooden structure was just erected on this!
This photo shows a hole for a dog kennel !
A view down across the Courtyard to the South Range
All in all it was a great afternoon visit. Seeing a building that has been very little changed in 600 years - quite surprising it has survived and is thought to be the finest example of a moated half-timbered Medieval Hall in existence.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Tal y Fan from Penmaenmawr - North Wales April 2015

Walking with the Ramblers - North Wales April 2015

This walk was listed by the North & Mid Cheshire Ramblers as a 'strenuous walk'.
It was just that climbing some 3388ft in the 11 miles.

What a glorious day we had - quite cold in the northerly wind on the tops and wonderfully warm down on the lower slopes.
This is a new area to me and provides some great hill walking with strenuous climbs and mountain top views - all within 2 hours from home. A great day's walking!

Having gained some height up from the coastal town of Penmaenmawr - Anglesey in the backview

A corresponding view - upwards to the Tal y Fan ridge

Another great view NE to the Great Orme near Llundudno

More height gained - to look beyond and the wind turbines out at sea

The final climb up to Tal y Fan - at 610m (2001ft)

Looking north

Time for a coffee break!
Tal y Fan trig point


We came across this rather 'lost' young foal

Looking back up at the descent from Foel Lwyd at 603m (1978ft)

We dropped down here to join the North Wales Coastal Path

One of the stone waymarkers - symbolically in Welsh slate


The final descent, back down to Penmaenmawr - with the Great Orme in view