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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)

The complete store of the Society’s archives have now been scanned. Historic information is now readily available in a digital format.

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.

Canon Tim Sedgley



How to Contact Us

More information on how to join the society can be obtained by email: hornblowsuz@hotmail.com


Society News …

Outings 2018

On Wednesday May 16th 2018 we visited Stockton Bury Gardens and St Laurence Church in Ludlow.

Then On Wednesday August 1st  2018 we visited Lincoln, with a guided tour round Lincoln Cathedral.

Also, a 5-day outing to Liverpool is proposed at the beginning of September. It will include a visit to a display of the Terracotta Army (from China).


Click on Outings for more information



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 (mjrees39@gmail.co.uk).


The Society is currently looking for a permanent home for all this archive material (digital and hardcopy). The Society has also negotiated the use of a display cabinet in the Cotswold District Council Centre in Moreton.



The next round of meetings start on Wednesday 12th September when the subject is: Growing up in Moreton-in-Marsh. This talk is given by Peter Allen.

The remaining meetings for 2018 are as follows:

Wednesday, 10th October 2018
The Night-time Haven of the Wandering Tribes
by Liz Woolley

Wednesday, 14th November 2018
Clopton WW1 Hospital, Stratford upon Avon
by Jandy Spurway
(At this meeting, please book, with a payment of £3, for the December refreshments – if required.)

Wednesday, 12th December 2018
A Regency Christmas
by Time to Time

The full list of meetings for 2018/2019 can be viewed by clicking on the
Meetings tab


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