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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:


Society News …

Outings 2018

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

Then On Wednesday August 1st  2018 we are visiting 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


Outings 2017

On June 7th 2017, we visited Wells CathedraL, in Somerset. A nearly coach load of members enjoyed the delights of Wells, and marveled at the splendour 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). 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 March 14th 2018 when the subject is: Ethelfleda, local heroine, 1000th anniversary. This talk is given by Tim Porter.

The remaining meetings for 2018 are as follows:

Wednesday 11th April 2018
Jane Austen and the Warren Hastings connection
by Victoria Huxley

Wednesday, 9th May 2018
Capability Brown and the English landscape garden
by Roger Turner


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