On the way home from my Derbyshire drawing trip I visited Little Moreton Hall, a Tudor timber building near Congleton in Cheshire, managed by the National Trust.
If you like old buildings and enjoy the sensation of stepping back in time to past ways of living, you’ll be blown away by this place – I’ve never seen anything quite like it.
Made of oak
Standing for 500 years and seemingly moving slowly for most of them, the building is so wobbly and warped it’s hard to believe it could still be surviving. The quality of craftsmanship from the people who built it is everywhere to see, but the most striking thing is the sheer quantity of oak.
Many of my favourite oaks are probably 500+ years old but they are rare survivors. They’ve been conserved by historic accident rather than design and we are only just beginning to understand the complexity of the ecosystems they support. I’d like to think that at some point we could have buildings this beautiful made from sustainable timber as well as a richly tree’d landscape too.
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