INSPIRATION FOR FETTIGREW HALL 4-13-2014
Here is something to whet your appetite. This is one of my very favorite places in England and a place I sometimes think of and how it would be to live there. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find pics of the interior or much of the back and courtyard. It is all breathtaking. It is a house I could feel warm and comfortable in. These pictures make it look immense but I don’t think it really was, although a 68 ft. room IS pretty darn big.
Years later, Eric and I were in a junk shop in England and I found a plate of the house. It is hanging in my front entry. I’m missing England and thinking of making a trip there by myself.
Garden Description: A marvelous black and white moated manor house, started in 1450. It has a cobbled courtyard. There are no records of the old garden but the National Trust asked Graham Stuart Thomas to prepare a design. The main feature is a knot garden based on a drawing from Leonard Meager’s The Complete English Gardener (1670). There is also a yew tunnel, a herb garden and herbaceous borders.
Little Moreton Hall was begun by William Moreton, who built a moated timber-framed house around a courtyard in the 15th century. His son added the gatehouse. It was William’s grandson who, like all fashionable Elizabethan gentlemen, felt it essential to have a large but friendly room for formal entertaining and displaying his paintings, and so built the panelled, 68ft Long Gallery over the gatehouse. Fortunately, later Moretons resisted fashionable trends and preserved the Tudor extravaganza; its jumbled gables and slightly leaning, timbered walls are superb monuments to the arts of Tudor woodcarvers and plasterers. There are fine wall paintings and intricately leaded windows, and a 16th century chapel. An Elizabethan herb garden and a knot garden based on a design of 1688 lie within the moat.
This article was obviously written for a guide book probably 100 years ago. The house is now owned by the National Trust in Great Britain.