Moreton-in-Marsh, located in north-eastern Gloucestershire, is the main settlement in the North Cotswolds. One reason for its importance has long been its accessibility. It has welcomed travellers since Roman times, thanks to its position either side of the Fosse Way, and, much later, as a staging post on the London to Worcester coach road, hence the proliferation of historic inns in the town.
It remains a charming and busy little town, which still hosts a market every Tuesday (dating to a 1227 charter) that fills the broad, handsome High Street. Cotswold stone townhouses, many of them dating to Jacobean and Georgian times, provide an elegant backdrop to the daily hustle and bustle.
According to the 2011 census, the population of Moreton-in-Marsh is 3,493, though the town has grown considerably since then.
History of the name, Moreton-in-Marsh
Moreton isn't in a marsh at all.
There used to be a wetland nearby (long gone) that was popular with waterfowl, so the area became known as Moreton Henmarsh, which slowly but surely over the years transformed into Moreton-in-Marsh.