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Moreton in Marsh & District

Local History Society



About Us








Welcome to the site of the Moreton in Marsh & District Local History Society.

Founded 1982

The Society was founded 30 years ago to promote the study of local history within Moreton-in-Marsh and the surrounding district. Moreton is the centre of a countryside steeped in history. The town itself lies on the end moraine of an Ice Age glacier, at the watershed between the Thames and Severn river systems. It is surrounded by a beautiful and varied countryside, from the Cotswold Hills on one side to the rich agricultural land of the Warwickshire Avon on the other. A short distance away, the Four Shire Stone marks a spot where until comparatively recently a complicated pattern of parish and county boundaries existed.

Since its inception the Society, with an average membership of 100, has carried out a programme of talks and visits, concentrating, as far as possible, on local villages and towns and the people who lived in them.

The Committee have published two books, as well as a quarterly magazine (now sadly discontinued). The book, Four Shires Memories, is still available at a cost of £5 (click on Publications)

Arrangements are currently underway for the Society’s archives to be scanned so that information can be readily available to seekers after local or family information.

Our meetings are held in the Women’s Institute Hall, New Road (road with Post Office), Moreton-in-Marsh, at 7.30 p.m. unless otherwise stated.

Visitors and potential new members will all find a welcome at our meetings (see below for dates and times). If you are a non-member who wishes to join, or attend a particular meeting that interests you, just turn up on the evening and make yourself known to one of the committee.

John Forbes



How to Contact Us

More information on how to join the society can be obtained by email:


Society News …


A most successful outing to St Albans, during August, was enjoyed by over 30 members. It included a fascinating guided tour of the Cathedral. Well done Ray and Pat for a well organised trip – as usual, it ran like clockwork.



Most of the archive photographic material (that was under the care of the late Guy Stapleton) has now been scanned and is in a digital format. To view any of this content, please contact Mike Rees (


The Society is currently looking for a permanent home for all this archive material (digital and hardcopy). A couple of possibilities are being investigated.



The next round of meetings starts on Wednesday September 9th 2015 when the subject is: Behind the scenes at Hampton Court Palace This talk is given by Ian Franklin.

The remaining meetings for 2015/2016 are as follows:

Wednesday, 14th October 2015
Stolen lives – individual tragedies of the Great War
by Andrew Hamilton

Wednesday, 11th November 2015
Gloucestershire composers of World War 1
by Tim Porter

Wednesday, 9th December 2015
Any Questions
(Questions on local history subjects, should be submitted to the Secretary by 11th November.)

Wednesday 9th March 2016
Annual General Meeting followed by
Robert Dudley, Queen Elizabeth and Kenilworth
by Gill White

Wednesday 13th April 2016
Beauty and the Bathhouse
by Cherry Hubbard

Wednesday, 11th May 2016
Old Campden House
by Mary Gray


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