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Survey of English Place-Names

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Moreton in Marsh

Major Settlement in the Parish of Moreton in Marsh

Historical Forms

  • Mortun 714 BCS130 16th
  • Mortvne 1086 DB
  • Morton(e) 1226 ClR 1280 Ch 1287 Ass 1327 SR
  • Morton(e)& Henemers' 1248 Ass
  • Morton(e) in Hennemersh 1253 Ch
  • Morton(e) in Hennmerss 1287 Ass
  • Morton(e) Hennemersh 1407 ib
  • Morton(e) Henmershe 1494 FF 1500–15 ECP 1524 Rent
  • Morton(e) Henmarshe 1577 M 1587 FF 1779 Rudder
  • Morton(e) Inmarsh 1648 FF
  • Noua Morton(e), Veteri Morton(e) 1287 Ass
  • Oldmorton in Henmerssh, Newemorton in Henmerssh 1484 Rogers
  • Murton Henmarsshe 1541 FF
  • Mourton en le Marshe 1570 FF
  • Mourton Hinmarsh 1681 PR
  • Murton in Mershe 1572 FF
  • Moreton in Marsh 1711 PR
  • Moreton in (the) Marsh 1732 PR

Etymology

'Farmstead in the marshland or moor', v. mōr , tūn . The affix 'in Marsh' is an adaptation of the affix Henmarsh (230 supra ) in Morton Hennemarsh , Morton Inmarsh , etc., whilst 'in the Marsh' which is sometimes found in more recent times is an erratic substitution. Old Morton survives only in the street-name Old Town (infra ).