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Inside Crosby Moran Hall

I’m constantly surprised by the wonderful doors that have opened since starting this blog back in 2015. A case in point was that a few weeks ago I wrote about the extraordinary history of Crosby Hall; the Medieval Mansion that was moved 5 miles across London in 1910 and is now a private home.

Inside Crosby Moran Hall | Look Up London

The owner of Crosby Hall is Dr. Christopher Moran, Chairman of Co-operation Ireland. A successful businessman and philanthropist and acknowledged expert on Tudor, Elizabeth and Early Stuart furniture. For 30 years he has been working on a complete restoration of the 15th century hall and creating a Tudor Riverside Palace now known as Crosby Moran Hall, which puts the Great Hall back into its historical context in terms of architecture.

If you’re wrinkling your nose at the idea of a faux-Tudor style building, but you’d be mistaken. The care and dedication given to the project is simply staggering.

I was invited to have a look inside the exquisite property and thankfully, I’m able to share some photos with you as well…

Inside Crosby Moran Hall

In terms of the original Crosby Hall, built 1466 for John Crosby, the actual Great Hall survives and has been fully restored.

It was described by Dr Simon Thurley (Director of English Heritage) as ‘the most important surviving domestic Medieval building in London’

The Great Hall

Inside Crosby Moran Hall | Look Up London
View from the musicians (minstrels‘) gallery

The Oriel Window

Guided by English Heritage the Oriel Window has been repainted to reflect its original ceiling colours.

Here are the internal and external views;

The rest of the house has been restored and reconstructed in the same style with exquisite attention to detail. It also houses Christopher Moran’s unrivalled collection of 16th and early 17th Century English Furniture and some extraordinary paintings of he period with works by such artists as Holbein, Van Dyck, Eworth, Dobson, Hilliard, Gheeraerts and Cranach as well as many others. There are wonderful paintings of King Henry VIII and Sir Thomas More who was a former owner of Crosby Hall.

A guest bedroom with a view overlooking the internal courtyard garden;

The Dining Hall

The Council Chamber

The East Library

The Chapel

As well as the main rooms there is also a (spectacular!) traditional fan-vaulted chapel in its latter stages of restoration. On our tour Dr Moran described the perfect acoustics when the choristers of the Chapel Royal visited recently. It doesn’t take too much to really feel transported back into Tudor London.

The Chapel Crosby Moran Hall | Look Up London
Image provided by Crosby Moran Hall

Another feature inspired by Westminster Abbey is a version of the 13th Century Cosmati pavement. This mosaic was crafted using the same techniques and is made using the same marbles incorporated into the Westminster Abbey Cosmati pavement of 1268.

The Chapel Crosby Moran Hall | Look Up London
Image provided by Crosby Moran Hall

Crosby Moran Hall is a private residence, not open to the public. However, throughout the year Christopher Moran welcomes groups from artistic institutions with a genuine scholarly interest in the Tudor, Elizabeth and Early Stuart periods on a case by case basis. You can find out more on his website here.


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8 Comments

  • Anne

    Reply

    Incredible architecture from one of England’s most important eras. A beautiful restoration of one of London’s most historic houses. It is so uplifting and inspiring to see Londoners preserving and using old buildings and keeping history alive. Thank you for sharing.

    April 26, 2022 at 7:08 pm
  • Sarah Sinclair

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    Fascinating! What a gorgeous property, and so painstakingly, and lovingly, restored. Such a wonderful read.

    April 27, 2022 at 7:08 am
  • Christine Tufnell

    Reply

    Wow what a wonderful place. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    April 27, 2022 at 12:47 pm
  • Emmie Pollard

    Reply

    Wow fantastic thanks for sharing your luck in seeing Crosby Moran Hall.

    April 27, 2022 at 7:42 pm
  • Wendy Johnson

    Reply

    Amazing building. How lucky you were to be inside, and to share it with us.

    April 28, 2022 at 3:04 am
  • Harry Syms

    Reply

    Thank you for such a wonderful article – I pass this building almost every day, have seen the years of works carried out there and have always wondered what this beautiful building is like inside. What a fabulous project, and what a splendid home!

    April 28, 2022 at 11:16 am
  • Heather Sutton

    Reply

    Passed the building many times so now, thanks to you having had the opportunity to see inside only one word – magnificent.
    How lucky we are to have your blogs Kate. Heather Sutton

    April 28, 2022 at 11:37 am
  • Kate Hallett

    Reply

    I can do no more than agree with previous comments. Thankyou.

    May 4, 2022 at 8:13 am

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