Sunday 6th March 2020
After leaving Sandbach we drove the short distance to a National Trust Property -Little Moreton Hall.
From the 13C the Moreton family were powerful local landowners, by the early 15th century they had acquired enough land and wealth to start building Little Moreton Hall. The hall is built on marshy land, large blocks of stone were used for foundations but as the family’s wealth increased they extended both outward and upward without strengthening the foundations. Leading to its rather bizarre appearance as areas of the house settled.
During the English Civil War the family’s allegiance to the Crown began their downfall and the estate began a slow decline. From the late 1600’s through to the 1950’s the hall was let to tenants , however in 1892 Elizabeth Moreton inherited the Hall and she invested money to slow its decline even though she never lived there. In 1938 it became a NT property.
After we left the Hall we drove south skirting Stafford and headed to a Pub Stop, these are pubs that encourage you to stay over in exchange for having a drink or meal in the pub, we arrived at The Ash Tree at Armitage. This is on the side of the Trent and Mersey Canal and we enjoyed a long and leisurely walk along its towpath. Upon our return we went into the pub and had a 2 for 1 meal with a drink, very enjoyable. We had a quiet night on the car park.