Nearly 2,000 hours of work over two years resulted in this amazing model house.
It is a scale model of Little Moreton Hall is Cheshire, England, a Tudor manor house built between the years 1500 and 1650. Jim Hockenberry, a member of the Manor North Woodshop, wanted a different type of woodworking challenge and after a few months, settled upon a model of this house which he long admired and once visited.
The model is constructed almost entirely of wood and almost all pieces were made from scratch. Exceptions are acrylic sheet for the moat and the windows, electrical wiring for lighting, foam board for outside paneling, and real pebbles for the cobblestone-paved areas. None of the materials used have been prefabricated, pre-cut, or purchased for direct use. The scale is about 1 to 34, not a normal scale for model railroading, but determined by the shop space available.
The real Little Moreton Hall is owned and managed by The UK’s National Trust and is open to the public for tours and special events. It is arguably the best preserved manor house of its kind in England and is certainly the most photographed.