Light Rain Jacket and an Umbrella
Clothing that you can layer, so that you can add or remove when neccessary. A nice pair of comfortable shoes for walking. Be sure and bring your camera, plenty of film or a nice size memory card, and batteries. A nice lightweight rain jacket for those rainy or drizzly days and an umbrella.
On the Roman Fosse Way.....
....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!
Welcome to the heart of the Cotswolds
The first settlement in what is today Moreton (= moor land settlement) was in Roman times. The actual town itself goes back to the Saxon era and is more than 1000 years old.
Moreton-in-Marsh is know all through the Midlands as a market town. In 1637 a charter was granted by King Charles I and ever since then there is a popular market that draws the crowds every Tuesday.
I visited the town on a weekend.