An attractive market town that started life as a small Saxon settlement in about A.D. 700. The name Moretonhampstead is derived from two parts of history, one being the Saxon name ‘Mortun’ meaning an enclosed piece of land and ‘Hampstead’ being added later by a Lord of the Manor. In later years the town became an industrial centre for tannery, wool and paper and was the home of George Parker Bidder a mathematical genius and engineer who was nicknamed the ‘Calculating Boy’ as a child by his father. The town has an open air swimming pool and is extremely popular with ramblers and cyclist.