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13 July 2002, 4 April 2010 and 24 May 2012


Little Moreton Hall
The Hall in 2012


Hall   Entrance
Little Moreton Hall as one approaches from the car park   Approach to the entrance across the moat bridge
Hall   Inside courtyard
The entrance across the moat   Entrance to house from the courtyard
Gardens   Detail of woodwork
The gardens behind the house   Inscription over a window facing the courtyard


Little Moreton Hall belongs to The National Trust and there is a booklet on it that can be obtained at the shop on the premises.

In Ormerod's History of Cheshire, this property is indexed under Moreton cum Rode and the area is also known as Odrode.  The site is mentioned in the Domesday Survey, where it is stated that it was two manors in Saxon times. Ormerod regards it as two manors, Moreton and Rode in one vill. Those taking possession at the Norman Conquest were Hugh de Mara, ancestor of the barons of Montalt and William FitzNigel of Halton. There is evidence that Stephen de Swettenham held Moreton by knight's service under Hugh de Mara and that he subsequently relinquished the property in favour of Gralam de Moreton. In a document of 3 Henry IV (1401) the Baron of Halton is mentioned as being the overlord of the Moreton share of Oddrode. Little Moreton and Rode were taken as surnames by early Norman landlords.

At the Norman Conquest, Hugh de Runchamp was granted a moiety of the manor of Lostock, between Knutsford and Northwich. His great-grandson was Gralam de Lostock. He had three sons, Richard, Geoffry and Robert de Lostock, and as Richard's sons died without issue, Geoffry became Richard's heir and inherited his interest in Little Moreton. Geoffry died between 1278 and 1280, whereupon his son, Gralam de Lostock succeeded. Gralam is mentioned in deeds including one in which he is referred to as Gralam son of Geoffrey de Moreton. Thus the surname became established.

We pick up the story in the Tudor period with William Moreton. The Moreton male line ended in generation 7 shown below and the estate passed to the son of Annabella Moreton, who had married a barrister, William Taylor. This male line failed on the death of William Moreton Moreton in generation 9.



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