Long Marston, Warwickshire

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Long Marston
Long Marston Church - geograph.org.uk - 55852.jpg
St James' parish church
Long Marston is located in Warwickshire
Long Marston
Long Marston
 Long Marston shown within Warwickshire
Population 436 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference SP1548
Civil parish Marston Sicca
District Stratford-upon-Avon
Shire county Warwickshire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district CV37
Dialling code 01789
Police Warwickshire
Fire Warwickshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
Website Marston Sicca Parish Council
List of places
UK
England
Warwickshire

Coordinates: 52°08′10″N 1°46′37″W / 52.136°N 1.777°W / 52.136; -1.777

Long Marston is a village about 5 miles (8 km) southwest of Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, England. The southern and western boundaries of the parish form part of the county boundary with Worcestershire. The civil parish is called Marston Sicca. The 2011 Census recorded the parish's population as 436.[1]

History[edit]

Long Marston was part of Gloucestershire until 1931, when the Provisional Order Confirmation (Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire) Act transferred it to Warwickshire.[2]

Long Marston is known as one of the "Shakespeare villages". William Shakespeare is said to have joined a party of Stratford folk which set itself to outdrink a drinking club at Bidford-on-Avon, and as a result of his labours in that regard to have fallen asleep under the crab tree of which a descendant is still called Shakespeare's tree. When morning dawned his friends wished to renew the encounter but he wisely said "No I have drunk with Piping Pebworth, Dancing Marston, Haunted Hillboro’, Hungry Grafton, Dodging Exhall, Papist Wixford, Beggarly Broom and Drunken Bidford' and so, presumably, I will drink no more." The story is said to date from the 17th century but of its truth or of any connection of the story or the verse to Shakespeare there is no evidence.[3]

On 10 September 1651 Charles II stayed in Long Marston at the house of a kinsman of Jane Lane called Tomes, on his way from Bentley Hall to Abbots Leigh during his escape following the defeat of the army at the Battle of Worcester. He was traveling incognito as a servant to Jane Lane, sister-in-law of George Norton, the owner of the house at Abbott's Leigh to which they were bound.[4] In keeping with his outward guise as a servant, the cook of the house put him to work in the kitchen winding up the jack used to roast meat in the fireplace. Charles was very clumsy at this, but explained his clumsiness by saying that as the son of poor people, he so rarely ate meat that he did not know how to use a roasting jack. Given the state of the economy at the time, his story was accepted and he was not identified.[3][5]

Parish church[edit]

The Church of England parish church of Saint James the Great[6] has a 14th-century Decorated Gothic nave and chancel, but was rebuilt in the 19th century.[7] The pulpit is Jacobean.[7] The church is a Grade I listed building.[8] Its parish is part of the Benefice of Quinton, Welford, Weston and Marston Sicca.[9]

Railway[edit]

In 1859 the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway opened a branch line from Honeybourne to Stratford upon Avon. Long Marston railway station opened at the same time as one of the stops on the line. In 1966 British Railways withdrew passenger services between Honeybourne and Stratford, closed Long Marston station and removed the track between Long Marston and Stratford. The line between Honeybourne and Long Marston remains open for non-passenger trains to and from the former MoD depot (see below).

Former military depot[edit]

Long Marston depot is a former Ministry of Defence facility south-east of the village.

Since the privatisation of British Rail in the mid-1990s, rolling stock operating companies (ROSCOs) have used the depot to store out-of-lease rolling stock.

In about 2009 the depot's owners, St. Modwen Properties, along with The Bird Group of Companies Ltd, proposed to redevelop the site as Middle Quinton Eco-town.

Long Marston Military Railway[edit]

Long Marston Military Railway (LMMR) is a project at the MoD depot to keep alive military railway skills. A "Military Railfest" is planned for 6–10 May 2015 and is expected to include about 20 ex-army locomotives.[10] was already at Long Marston and was joined by USATC S160 Class 2-8-0 number 3278 on 22 April 2014. The project is using the shed vacated by the Stratford on Avon and Broadway Railway.[11]

Airfield[edit]

Long Marston Airfield is north-east of the village. It was built in 1940 as RAF Long Marston and decommissioned as a military airfield in 1958.[12]

Since 1987 the airfield has been the venue of the Bulldog Bash, considered to be one of Europe's most popular annual motorcycle festivals. Since 2001 the airfield has also also been the venue of the annual Global Gathering club music festival.

Amenities[edit]

Long Marston has a public house, the Mason's Arms,[13] and a community shop called the "Poppin".

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Area: Long Marston (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Salzman, L.F, ed. (1949). A History of the County of Warwick. Victoria County History. 5: Kington Hundred. London: Oxford University Press for the Institute of Historical Research. pp. 1–2. 
  3. ^ a b Hutton, WH (1914). Highways and Byways in Shakespeare's Country. London: Macmillan. [page needed]
  4. ^ Pepys, Samuel (1966). Matthews, William, ed. Charles II's Escape from Worcester. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. LCCN 66-26143. [page needed]
  5. ^ Fraser, Antonia (1979). Royal Charles: Charles II and the Restoration. New York: Knopf. p. 122. ISBN 039449721X. 
  6. ^ "St James the Great". Marston Sicca Parish Council. 
  7. ^ a b Pevsner, Nikolaus; Wedgwood, Alexandra (1966). Warwickshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 344. 
  8. ^ Historic England. "Church of St James  (Grade I) (1382595)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  9. ^ Archbishops' Council (2015). "Benefice of Quinton, Welford, Weston and Marston Sicca". A Church Near You. Church of England. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Preserved Railways". R Dicken, SW Redfern. Retrieved 22 June 2014. [dead link]
  11. ^ "`". Steam Railway (Bauer Media Group) (429): 6–7. June/July 2014. ISSN 0143-7232.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  12. ^ Elrington, C.R., ed. (1965). A History of the County of Gloucester. Victoria County History 6. London: Oxford University Press for the Institute of Historical Research. pp. 207–216. 
  13. ^ The Masons Arms

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