A429 Moreton in Marsh Gloucestershire England
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Moreton-in Marsh is an historic market town, being granted its market charter in 1227, and the popular Tuesday market day sees over 200 stalls set up along the High Street in the centre of the town. | The High Street lies on the route of the Fosse Way, a 230 mile (370 km) Roman road, that linked Exeter in South West England to Lincoln in Lincolnshire. The Fosse Way is a remarkable piece of engineering that, over one section of 182 miles (293 km), is never more than 6 miles (10 km) from a straight line. Today the Fosse Way lies some three feet below the present Moreton High Street. | Many of the High Street buildings date from the 17th and 18th Centuries and are built of the characteristic yellow Cotswold limestone. | The Curfew Tower on the corner of Oxford Street and High Street is probably 16th century. Its bell was cast in 1633 and its clock was built in 1648. The bell was rung nightly until 1860 to remind people of the risk of fire at night. It is said that it once guided home a Sir Robert Fry, lost in the fog, who gave money for its maintenance, in gratitude. | Another landmark building, the Redesdale Market Hall, was designed by the architect Sir Ernest George and built in 1887. The Market Hall stands on an island in the High Street and originally had a four arch arcade, which has now been bricked in. | The Moreton-in-Marsh and Batsford War Memorial stands in the centre of the High Street. The figures of St George and the Dragon stand atop this twenty-four feet high memorial to the dead of the two World Wars | Moreton-in Marsh High Street is an excellent shopping centre and there are a good number of antique shops, art galleries, pubs, restaurants, tea rooms and several hotels along the way.
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