Marston Moretaine

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Marston Moreteyne
Marston Moreteyne is located in Bedfordshire
Marston Moreteyne
Marston Moreteyne
 Marston Moreteyne shown within Bedfordshire
Population 4,560 (2011) census
OS grid reference SP995424
Civil parish Marston Moretaine
Unitary authority Central Bedfordshire
Ceremonial county Bedfordshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Bedford
Postcode district MK43
Dialling code 01234
Police Bedfordshire
Fire Bedfordshire and Luton
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Mid Bedfordshire
List of places
UK
England
Bedfordshire

Coordinates: 52°03′46″N 0°32′52″W / 52.06273°N 0.54781°W / 52.06273; -0.54781

Marston Moreteyne (Marston Moretaine) is a large village and civil parish located on the A421 between Bedford and Milton Keynes. It has a population of 4,560,[1] and is served by Millbrook railway station, which is about a mile away, on the Marston Vale Line.

The rare feature of a detached tower at St Mary The Virgin in Marston Moretaine - Spring 2007

On the outskirts of the village sits the Forest Centre and Millennium Country Park in the heart of the Forest of Marston Vale. The village now has several shops, post office, co-op store, Ingle and Caves Family Butchers, one public house (the bell), fish & chip shop, doctor's surgery, an Indian restaurant and two Lower schools, across the main village and the adjoining hamlets of Upper Shelton, Lower Shelton and Wood End.

Sir Thomas Snagge lived in the village in the 16th century. He owned the manor of Marston Moreteyne.[2]

Future development

MARSTON PARK: Marston Park was originally allocated in the Mid Bedfordshire Local Plan as being appropriate for a sustainable extension to Marston Moretaine comprising a mix of uses. In 2008, O&H Properties were successful in achieving outline planning permission for 480 homes, 3 hectares of employment land for offices, a new local centre, primary school, community building and sports ground/cricket field. Following planning permission, David Lock Associates were commissioned produce a Design Code to guide the development and this was approved by Central Bedfordshire Council in 2010. David Wilson Homes and Barratts are now building the homes, the community building and play areas. The employment land and local centre are currently for sale.

St Mary's Church[edit]

Dating from around 1340, the church of St Mary the Virgin is a 14th-century church with a very rare feature for the East of England, a Grade I listed detached tower to the north of the church located about 70 feet from the north wall of the chancel. Grade I listing denotes that the building is of outstanding or national architectural or historic interest.

According to legend, the church's detached tower is the work of the Devil, who was trying to steal it. Finding it too heavy, he dropped it where it still remains.[3]

Famous residents[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Office for National Statistics: Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Mid Bedfordshire Retrieved 16 October 2010
  2. ^ A History of Moreteyne Manor - Moreteyne Manor website, Accessed 03-01-2009
  3. ^ Ash, Russell (1973). Folklore, Myths and Legends of Britain. Reader's Digest Association Limited. p. 271. ISBN 9780340165973. 

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