Great Moreton Hall from the southwest

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Great Moreton Hall is a former country house in Moreton cum Alcumlow near Congleton, in Cheshire, England, less than a mile (1.6 km) from its better-known near namesake Little Moreton HallLittle Moreton Hall is a moated half-timbered manor house 4.5 miles (7.2 km) southwest of Congleton in Cheshire, England.. Designed by Edward Blore,[1] it was built in 1841 by Manchester businessman George Holland Ackers, to replace a large timber-framed building that had been the home of the Bellot family since 1602.[2] The house is designed in the style of a Palladian villa, except that the Great Hall is one of a number of rooms off a large central space, rather than being at the centre of the building.[3] Great Moreton Hall is built in two storeys, interspersed with three and four-storey towers. The service wing to the left of and adjoining the main part of the building is slightly lower than the rest of the structure.[4]

The main entrance is via a broad flight of steps from a porte-cochère, leading to the entrance lobby and a large central hall. A triple arcade at one end of the hall leads to the main staircase, opposite a hooded fireplace decorated with the arms of the Ackers family. The Library, Drawing Room, Billiard Room, Saloon, and the Great Hall are arranged symmetrically around the central hall.[5] “Dark narrow internal corridors” allowed the servants, whose quarters were in the cellars, to reach all the rooms without having to pass through the central hall.[6]

Great Moreton Hall was designated a Grade II* listed building on 14 February 1967.[4] Since 1931 the house has served first as a school and then as a hotel and conference centre.[6]

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de Figueiredo, P., & Treuherz, P. (1988). Cheshire Country Houses. Phillimore & Co.
Historic England. (n.d.). Great Moreton Hall (1138736). Retrieved from https://HistoricEngland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1138736
Port, M. H. (2008). Blore, Edward (1787–1879). In Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online). Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/2679