Cotswolds, Morton-in-marsh

Moreton-In-Marsh

Moreton-In-Marsh

Perhaps the first Cotswold town you’ll visit if heading south along the ancient Fosse Way.  And, what an impressive site it is, too. The wide, main street built by the Abbot of Westminster in 1220 for the sheep and arable sales is today a lively scene on market day, every Tuesday since King Charles I granted the town a Charter in 1637. But, its origins go back to the Romans whobuilt a military camp around 43-50 AD whilst planning the construction of the Fosse Way. 

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It remains the largest town in the North East Wolds and is dominated by the Market Hall built in 1887 by Lord Redesdale, father of the infamous Mitford sisters. Look out for the Curfew Tower, an unusual phenomenon on the corner of Oxford Street, dated 1633, which rung until 1860. A fine centre given to a number of inns, art galleries and independent retailers. Associated with the English Civil War, for the Royalist Cavalry were based here. Just out of town on the Chipping Norton road is the Fire Services’ College and HQ of the Institute of Fire Engineers. Moreton (agricultural & horse) show - 1st Saturday in September. 

 

 

“Special Places" to Visit:  

Batsford Arboretum
Bourton House Garden
Cotswold Falconry Centre
John Davies Gallery
Mill Dene Garden
Sezincote House & Garden