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Moreton in Marsh & District

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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

Chairman

 

How to Contact Us

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

 

Society News …

Outings 2019

On July 17th we visit the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, and
Merchant Venturers House
(Closing date for booking June 17th 2019)

 

Then on August 21st it is a trip to Althorp in Northamptonshire
(Closing date for booking July 22nd 2019)

For more details on any of the above, contact Ray Poulton (01608 651372)

 

Click on Outings for more information

 

Archives

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.

 

Meetings

The next round of meetings start in September 2019:

Wednesday 11th September
A History of Weston Park and Three Families
by Henry Warriner.

Wednesday, 9th October 2019
The Cropredy Battle 1644
by Liz Woolley

Wednesday, 13th November 2019
Green Man Legends
by Tim Healey
(At this meeting, please book, with a payment of £3, for the December refreshments – if required.)

Wednesday, 11th December 2019
Archaeology of Bourton on the Water
by James Harris
Followed by seasonal refreshments.


The full list of meetings for 2019/2020 can be viewed by clicking on the
Meetings tab

 

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