National Geographic : 1974 Jul
Elizabethan elegance in plaster and black oak, Little Moreton Hall looms above its moat near the Macclesfield Canal. In 1514 owner William Moreton quarreled with his neighbor Thomas Rode "concerning which of theym should sit highest in churche and foremost go in proces sion." Local records fail to disclose the outcome of their dispute. Now throngs of summer visitors tour the re stored 15th-century residence administered by the National Trust, which preserves some 200 properties throughout Britain. Tree, spare that woodsman! A sign cautions visitors to the gardens of the Shugborough estate at Great Haywood near Stoke on Trent.