Moreton in Marsh
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
A lovely market town in the northern Cotswolds, situated on the old Roman Fosse Way, famous for its wide high street.
Moreton is situated at the head of the Evenlode valley. The Romans saw the strategic importance of the location, and built a fort here about 43 AD where Batsford Road is now. This first fort was followed by later settlements just north and south of the current town site. There was town here in the Saxon period, and in the 9th century Moreton was granted to Deerhurst monastery. It passed to the Earls of Mercia, and eventually to King Edward the Confessor, who used it as part of his endowment for Westminster Abbey.
The name of this beautiful Cotswold town may need some explaining; Moreton comes from 'more ton' or a settlement on the moor, and 'in marsh' comes from 'henmarsh' for bog land where wild birds could be found. In the 18th century the name had evolved into 'Moreton-Hendmarsh'. The boggy ground that gave the place its name has long since disappeared. The most recognizable feature of Moreton is the large Market Hall, situated on an island in the centre of the High Street. The Market Hall, sometimes called the Redesdale Hall, is a Victorian building, though stylistically it looks more Georgian.
The nearest recognized attraction to Moreton is just a mile up the road at Batsford, where the Batsford Arboretum features a large collection of beautiful trees and shrubs ranged about the stately home of Batsford Park (private residence). About 2 miles the other direction, up the London Road, is the Four Shire Stone, where the counties of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire, and Warwickshire used to meet. Towards Stow is Chastleton House, a Jacobean manor house owned by the National Trust. Sezincote house and garden, and Snowshill Manor are also very close.
There is a very busy market in Moreton on a Tuesday, and as a result, traffic through the centre of the town can slow to a crawl on Tuesday mornings. There is free parking on the High Street, but spaces are at a premium, so the best bet is the paid parking lot on Station Road, signposted from the High Street.
About Moreton in Marsh
Address: Moreton in Marsh, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England
Attraction Type: Town
Location: At the junction of the A429 and A44 5 miles north of Stow on the Wold
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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Longborough, St James - 1.5 miles (Historic Church)
Bourton House Garden - 1.7 miles (Garden)
Sezincote - 1.7 miles (Historic House)
Batsford Arboretum - 1.9 miles (Garden)
Chastleton House - 3.2 miles (Historic House)
Mill Dene Garden - 3.2 miles (Garden)
Adlestrop, St Mary Magdalene - 4 miles (Historic Church)
Lower Oddington, St Nicholas Church - 4.2 miles (Historic Church)
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