Marston Moreteyne

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Marston Moretaine
Marston church.JPG
Parish church of St Mary
Marston Moretaine is located in Bedfordshire
Marston Moretaine
Marston Moretaine
 Marston Moretaine 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

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

Marston Moretaine (Marston Moreteyne) 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.

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 along with a small local art gallery/dealer: New Urban Art.

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

Future development[edit]

Marston Park was allocated in the Mid Bedfordshire Local Plan for an extension to the village of Marston Moretaine with a mix of land uses. In 2008, the developers O&H Properties gained outline planning permission for 480 new houses, three hectares of employment land for offices, a new local centre, a primary school, a community building and a sports ground with cricket field. David Lock Associates were then commissioned to produce a Design Code to guide the development, and this was approved by Central Bedfordshire Council in 2010. David Wilson Homes, Barratt Homes and Bovis Homes have begun building the houses and the community building, and have created play areas. The land allocated for employment and a local centre are currently reported to be for sale.

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

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]

Notable residents[edit]

  • Thomas Snagge (1536–1593), Speaker of the House of Commons, was lord of the manor of Marston Moretaine and his tomb is in the parish church[4]
  • James Smith (died 1667), poet, was a native of the village[5]
  • Edward Tylecote (1849–1938), cricketer, was born in the village
  • James Inkersole (died 1827), lost an arm at the Battle of Waterloo[6]



  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. 
  4. ^ P. W. Handler, The House of Commons, 1558-1603: Members, M-Z (1981), p. 410
  5. ^ Timothy Raylor, Cavaliers, Clubs, and Literary Culture (1994), p. 50: "James Smith was baptized at Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, on 25 July 1605. His father, Thomas Smith, was parson of Marston and a man of some means."
  6. ^ Monumental inscriptions at, accessed 15 July 2015

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