The place-name Marlston is first attested as Marteleston in 1242, and means "Martel's town or manor". Galfridus Martel held the manor in 1242; Martel is a French nickname meaning "hammer", from the Old French martel (modern French marteau).
The area is the location of Brockhurst and Marlston House School, a large preparatory school.
Brockhurst and Marlston House School
Brockhurst was founded in 1884 as a boys’ boarding prep school at Church Stretton in Shropshire, then moved to Broughton near Eccleshall, Staffordshire in 1942 and Marlston in 1945, becoming co-educational in 1995. The various facilities provided by the school include 21 acres of games fields, a sports hall, a swimming pool, tennis courts, arts and design studios, Information and communications technology suite and equestrian school. In addition, a château in Gascony, south-west France, where the pupils practise French.
In 2018 the School was rated 'Excellent' in all categories by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.
Its pupils, while the school was at Church Stretton, included politicians Rab Butler and [[Julian Critchley. Arthur Leyland-Harrison VC played rugby for England in the Grand Slam winning team 1914 and was awarded the VC in 1918. Michael Heseltine was a pupil at the school when it combined briefly with Broughton Hall during WW2.
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