Marston Sicca Rural District

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

Marston Sicca
Rural districts of north Gloucestershire 1894 - 1931
 • 1911 8,823 acres (35.71 km2)
 • 1931 8,823 acres (35.71 km2)
 • 1901 1,485
 • 1931 1,728
 • Created 1894
 • Abolished 1931
 • Succeeded by Stratford-on-Avon Rural District
Status Rural district
 • HQ Stratford-upon-Avon

Marston Sicca was, from 1894 to 1931, a rural district in the administrative county of Gloucestershire, England.[1][2] The district formed part of a salient of Gloucestershire nearly surrounded by Warwickshire and Worcestershire. In 1931 the boundaries of the three counties were adjusted. The rural district was abolished and its area transferred to Warwickshire.[1]


The rural district was created by the Local Government Act 1894 from the part of Stratford on Avon Rural Sanitary District in Gloucestershire. The remainder of Stratford RSD became Stratford-on-Avon Rural District in Warwickshire. The rural district was governed by a directly elected rural district council (RDC), which replaced the rural sanitary authority that had comprised the poor law guardians for the area. Marston Sicca RDC continued to hold its meetings in the offices of Stratford Poor Law Union, outside the district.[3]


The district comprised six civil parishes:[1]


In February 1930 Warwickshire County Council made an application under the Local Government Act 1888 for an alteration of the county's boundary. The council sought to annex the entire Marston Sicca RD along with the parishes of Admington and Quinton in the neighbouring Campden Rural District.[4] Following the coming into force of the Local Government Act 1929 later in the year, county councils gained the power to adjust boundaries by negotiation, subject to ministerial approval. Following a public inquiry in Cheltenham, the Minister for Health approved a scheme to transfer parishes between Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire in December 1930.[5] The alterations required the promotion of a private parliamentary bill, which was approved by the House of Commons in February 1931, and came into force on 1 April 1931.[6] The six parishes were transferred to Warwickshire and to Stratford Rural District.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b c Youngs, Frederic A, Jr. (1979). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol.I: Southern England. London: Royal Historical Society. p. 611. ISBN 0-901050-67-9. 
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  3. ^ "Long Marston or Marston Sicca". Kelly's Directory of Gloucestershire 1914. Historical Directories. Retrieved 2009-04-13. 
  4. ^ "No. 33579". The London Gazette. 14 February 1930. p. 973. 
  5. ^ "Midland County Boundaries: Anomalies To Be Rectified". The Times. 29 December 1930. p. 7. 
  6. ^ Ministry of Health Provisional Orders Confirmation (Gloucestershire Warwickshire and Worcestershire) Act, 1931, c.ix
  7. ^ "Alteration Of County Boundaries: Bill Approved By Commons Committee". The Times. 27 February 1931. p. 11. 
  8. ^ "Relationships / unit history of Marston Sicca RD". Vision of Britain. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 2009-04-13.