"On the Roman Fosse Way....." Moreton in the Marsh by leics

Moreton in the Marsh Travel Guide: 33 reviews and 54 photos

....although the Roman settlement was at Durn, a nearby hamlet.

Moreton-in-the-Marsh really began to develop in the 13h century, and is one of the Cotswolds market towns. That's why the main street is so wide (actually, it's more like two parallel streets with parking spaces in between): the space was needed for livestock.

Being on the Fosse Way, which runs from Cirencester to Leicester (and from there to Lincoln and York) it is hardly surprising that Moreton was also an important stopping place for stagecoaches (and, earlier, for travellers generally). Many of the older inns which line the main street were originally coaching inns...you can see the arches through which coach and horses passed. The horses would be rested, or changed, whilst the passengers refreshed themselves at the inn (or stayed the night).

Most of the older buildings along the main street date from the 17th and 18th centuries. Built in the mellow yellow local limestone, they are particularly picturesque.

Moreton is still a popular place for visitors. The weekly market (Tuesdays)draws a good crowd........it's had the right to hold a market since 1227...... and it's a popular stopping-off point for daytrips round the Cotswolds. It makes a pretty good base for anyone wishing to explore the area: not quite as pricey as some of the other towns (Stow and Broadway, for example) but still geographically convenient.

Like many such Cotswolds towns, Moreton is full of antique shops, art galleries, gift shops, high-class delicatessens and so on and so forth:the tourist trade brings in the money, and must be catered for. But there is a tiny Tesco and a tiny Co-op too, and a larger supermarket on the edge of town. this pleased me, for it shows that Moreton is still a place where people live ordinary lives rather than just a twee museum.

A pleasant enough place for an hour or so's exploring, but I did not stay much longer (having no interest whatsoever in shopping). I did have an excellent pasty at Tilly's cafe/bakery though......highly recommended!

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  • Pros:History, architecture
  • Cons:Can be very crowded indeed in season
  • In a nutshell:Architecture, history and market
  • Last visit to Moreton in the Marsh: Sep 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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