Moreton HousesMoreton-in-marsh, situated on the northern extremity of the Cotswolds, marks the southernmost advance of the ice sheets during the last ice age. This is reflected in the flat and low-lying geography of the surrounding landscape.

Some of this low-lying countryside was used as an airfield during World War II by the Wellington Bombers. A collection of World War Two aircraft together with prints and models and a detailed history of the Wellington Bombers are preserved in The Wellington Aviation Museum on Bourton Road. The former airfield is now the headquarters of the Institute for Fire Engineers and home to the Fire Service College, where senior fire fighters are trained.

The earliest evidence of a settlement at Moreton-in-marsh can be found opposite the cricket field. Remains of a rectangular ditch and bank mark a Roman military camp, probably built in 43-50 AD during the Conquest of Britain as a temporary measure to keep control whilst more permanent settlements were established.

The Fosse Way, one of Roman Britain's most important thoroughfares, runs through the centre of the town, lying about three feet below the level of today's High Street. Today's town is situated right on the junction of the Fosse way and the A44 with the Four Shires Stone and its predecessors, lying one mile to the east of the town on the A44, have marked the historical boundaries between what are now the counties of Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Oxfordshire for 12 centuries.

Today's Moreton-in-Marsh, a bustling market town, came into being well over a thousand years ago during Saxon Times. It was given to the Deerhurst Monastery near Tewkesbury in the ninth century before being seized by Mercia and then falling into the hands of Edward the Confessor, who included it in his endowment of Westminster Abbey in 1065.

In the thirteenth century the Abbot of Westminster re-built the town and set the blueprint for how it is today, with a wide street along the Fosse Way serving as the location of a bustling market. It was given an official charter as a market town by Charles I in 1637. The right continues to be exercised every Tuesday morning when the High Street fills with more than two hundred stalls, making it the biggest open-air street market in the Cotswolds.

Moreton-in-marsh grew in importance during the 17th and 18th centuries as a convenient stopover for travellers. Many of the buildings on the High Street date from this time, when eight London to Worcester stagecoaches stopped here every single day.The sixteenth century 'Curfew Tower' is one exception. Its bell, which was rung each night to remind people of the risk of fire, dates from around 1633. The White Hart Royal also dates from an earlier time. The town was a centre for the Royalist Cavalry during the English Civil War. King Charles stayed at the White Hart Royal on the final march from his Oxford Headquarters.

Batsford Estate Manor HouseNearby Moreton-in-marsh is Batsford Arboretum, a 55 acre garden set in the grounds of a grand manor house. The park and gardens contain over 1600 species of tree from all over the World and 3100 specimens such as acers, prunus, bamboos and magnolia. The parkland has many oriental inspired features such as a tea house, buddha statue and bamboo grove - these can be attributed to Lord Redesdale who owned the Batsford estate in the late 1800s and travelled extensively throughout Japan and China.

Today's town is a thriving shopping centre and is home to a selection of interesting antique shops, pubs, restaurants, cafes, bars and hotels and a very popular Caravan Club site.

We found 11 listings:

Windy Ridge House
Luxury Country House B & B
+44 (0)1451 830465
White Hart Royal Hotel
Typical 17th century English coaching inn with many original features such as old stone walls, mellow beam work and an unusual cobblestone entrance hall
01608 650731
Treetops Guest House
Family run Guest House set back 100yds from the main A44. Ideally situated to explore the Cotswolds
01608 651036
The Old Coach House
Four star bed and breakfast
Stowbridge House
Luxury B&B near Moreton in Marsh
01608 651004
Slatters Cottage
Slatters Cottage is a luxury, Grade II listed, 17th century self catering Cotswolds cottage. Book Cotswolds holidays & short breaks in the Cotswolds all year. With inglenook fireplace and log stove, Slatters Cottage is located in the Cotswolds in a quiet
+44 (0)20 8501 4500
Longdon Chapel House
Longdon Chapel House
01608 674367
Jasmine cottage b&b
Welcome to jasmine cottage
Horse & Groom
A Grade 2 listed Georgian inn of honey coloured Cotswold stone, the Horse & Groom is bursting with character. From its hill top setting the pub enjoys spectacular views over the surrounding landscape and has private parking and a large garden to the rear
01386 700413
Bran Mill Cottage
Small traditional B and B in pretty Cotswold cottage in peaceful countryside. Sensible prices.
01386 593 517