ENGINEER'S QUOTE " Logically, it shouldn't still be standing up ! "
This beauty is advertised as a house" that has defied logic for 500 years". It has been called a " stranded Noah's Ark " a " masterpiece " " the original crooked house " So what is it all about ?
Little Moreton Hall is a moated half-timbered manor house in Cheshire, England built for wealthy Cheshire landowner William Moreton in about 1504–08. It was built without any foundations and shouldn't be standing up plus, the addition of a long walking gallery on top should have toppled it over. But it hasn't; it is still standing. It is built around a central courtyard and has a wicket door, a small door inside the main door.
The weight of the Long Gallery has made it crooked.
Engineers started to work on keeping Little Moreton Hall standing in 1990, nearly 500 years after it had been built without foundations. The lack of foundations accounts for its crooked appearance and it is a well known picture on jigsaws, calendars, chocolate tins and biscuit tins.
I think it is just gorgeous.
Little Moreton Hall was the home of a Norman family and successive descendants. It is first mentioned in the 13th C but the present house is early 16th C.The Long gallery is believed to be haunted by a grey lady and there are several stories of hauntings.