Moreton in Marsh
"MORETON-IN-THE-MARSH, a parish, post and market town in the upper division of Westminster hundred, county Gloucester, 6 miles from Campden, 6 from Shipston-on-Stour, and 28 N.E. of Gloucester. It is a station on the Oxford, Worcester, and Wolverhampton railway.
The town, which consists of one long street, forming part of the road from London to Worcester, is well lit with gas, and is crossed by the line of the Roman Fosse Way. It contains two banks, gas-works, a police station, and a philharmonic society and reading room. An extensive trade is done in the manufacture of linen. In the reign of Henry III. the Abbot of Westminster, as lord of the manor, first procured a charter for a market. The tithes were commuted for land and corn rents under an Enclosure Act in 1821.
The living is annexed to the rectory* of Bourton-on-the-Hill, in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. The church, dedicated to St. David, is a stone structure, with a tower containing five bells. There are National, British, and infant schools, the first endowed with the interest of £4,000, bequeathed by Lord Redesdale and Dr. Winford, in 1813. A court baron is occasionally held by the Right Hon. Lord Redesdale, who is lord of the manor.
On the heath, where a memorable battle was fought between the Saxons and Danes, is a modern pillar marking the point of contact of the counties of Oxford, Gloucester, Worcester, and Warwick. Market day is Tuesday. Fairs for the sale of cattle are held on the second Tuesday in every month, and on the second Tuesday in April, August, and October, for cheese."
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]
- Original source material relating to Moreton-in-Marsh, and other parishes in Diocese of Gloucester may be found at the Gloucestershire Archives.
- Transcription of section of Pigot's Directory of Gloucestershire, 1830 for Mitcheldean, Moreton-in-the-Marsh, Newent & Newnham, by Ted Wildy.
- The transcription of the section for Moreton in the Marsh from the National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.
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