Moreton-in-MarshMoreton in Marsh
Gloucestershire GL56
 
 
 
 
The attractive old town of Moreton-in-Marsh is the principal market town of the northern Cotswolds.  It straddles the Fosse Way Roman road where four counties meet each other, making it an ideal touring base.
 
From here visitors can easily explore The Cotswolds, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, and Royal Leamington Spa. There are many delightful villages and small towns within an hour’s drive.
 
Touring Base 
The town is at the crossroads of the Fosse Way which runs from Exeter in the south west of England to Lincoln in the north east.  When the visitor walks down Moreton’s High Street they are in fact walking along the Fosse Way.
 
The majority of the buildings in the centre of town are 17th and 18th century built of the Cotswolds’ trademark honey-coloured limestone.
 
Tuesday Market
Every Tuesday a large market is held beside the Redesdale Market Hall in the High Street.The original Charter for Moreton-in-Marsh to hold a weekly market was granted in 1227 followed in 1267 by a Charter for the village to hold a fair. A new Charter was granted by Charles I in 1638.
 
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Curfew Tower & Bell
Although Moreton is a very old settlement not a great deal of the medieval town remains but in the heart of the town, on the corner of High and Oxford Streets, is the small, two storey stone Curfew Tower.
 
This medieval building with its tiny turret is easy to miss because the tower abuts two shops.  The curfew bell is dated 1633 and the clock dates from the 17th century.  At one time the tower was used as the local lock-up.
 
Until the 1860s the bell was rung each evening to signal the curfew (and, it is said, to help local residents find their way home in the fog). In later years it was used in times of emergency, usually to summon the fire brigade!
 
White Hart Royal Hotel
In keeping with Moreton’s status as a transport hub, the High Street has several elegant old inns.  Do not miss the 17th century White Hart Royal Hotel.  This coaching inn is of particular interest for history buffs. A defeated King Charles I sought refuge in 1644 during the English Civil War.
 
The King left without paying and a copy of the King's unpaid bill is commemorated on a plaque within the Hotel’s entrance lobby.
 
Ghost!
It is said that the inn is haunted by a ghostly male figure! 
 
At least two other Moreton-in-Marsh hotels are believed to be haunted! They are The Manor House Hotel and The Redesdale Arms Hotel. The Manor House reputedly has a priest’s hole’ and hidden secret passages.
 
The Victorian era Redesdale Market Hall in the High Street is a landmark. It was built in 1887 by the 1st Baron Redesdale, Lord of the Manor of Moreton-in-Marsh to commemorate his ancestor, Earl Redesdale.  This family lived at Batsford Park and were benefactors to the town.
 
The 1st Baronet, Algernon Freeman-Mitford, was grandfather of the famous Mitford sisters.  It was Nancy Mitford who wrote the amusing novel Love in a Cold Climate allegedly based on her life in the Gothic mansion, Batsford Hall. The Baronet was responsible for the creation of the popular Batsford Arboretum at Batsford Park, just outside the town.
 
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WWII - RAF Wellington Bomber Base
During the Second World War an RAF Wellington Bomber Base was established at.  The airfield is now occupied by the the national Fire Service College but the Base’s wartime exploits are remembered in the Wellington Aviation Museum on the Broadway Road.  A small museum packed with history.
 
And close by are..
Moreton in Marsh is ideally placed for visiting the beautiful Hidcote Manor Gardens, the pre-historic Rollright Stones, the unbelievably pretty village of Bourton on the Water, picturesque Minster Lovell, the ancient Wool Town of Chipping Camden and the ‘Dreaming Spires’ of Oxford.
 
Some of the more off the beaten-track places to visit are Upper and Lower Swell, Upper and Lower Slaugter, Northleach and a little piece of India deep in the Cotswold Hills, Sezincote House & Garden.
 
Contact & Further Information
 
Getting There
- By Car from London: Access from London by car is relatively simple. There is the M40 from London to Birmingham to the east whilst the A44 from Oxford passes through Chipping Norton and thence to Moreton-in-Marsh.
 
- By Mainline Rail from London: The London (Paddington Station) train to Hereford stops at Moreton-in-Marsh railway station. The service is usually hourly with a journey time of about 1½ hours. For timetables, fares & ticketing fo to Web:  National Rail Enquiries
 
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