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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 has 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 Sedgeley



How to Contact Us

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


Society News …



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). The Society has also negotiated the use of a display cabinet in the Cotswold District Council Centre in Moreton.



The remaining lectures for the 2023/2024 season are:

Wednesday 10th April 2024
Broughton Roman Villa (Excavations at Broughton Castle)
Keith Wescott

Wednesday 8th May 2024
Back Tracks and Detecting the Past (Looking for
old habitations, saltways, etc. using new

Colin Clay and Phil Taylor


The next round of meetings, which start in September 2024:

Wednesday 11th September 2024
Covering Tudor/Stuart Education, Leisure and Corporal Punishment (Kirstie will bring her birch
stick so please behave).

by Kirstie Bingham

Wednesday 9th October2024
Warrior Women During the English Civil War
by Stephen Barker

Wednesday 13th November 2024
The Meteorite in Winchcombe
by Rob Wilcox

Wednesday 11th December 2024
The Most Dissolute Man in London
by Gillian White

The full list of meetings for 2023/2024 can be viewed by clicking on the
Meetings tab


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