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Coat of arms of Oswestry Motto: 'Floreat Oswestria' ('May Oswestry
Oswestry
flourish')

Oswestry

Oswestry
Oswestry
shown within Shropshire

Population 17,105  (2011 Census)

OS grid reference SJ292293

Civil parish

Oswestry

Unitary authority

Shropshire

Ceremonial county

Shropshire

Region

West Midlands

Country England

Sovereign state United Kingdom

Post town OSWESTRY

Postcode district SY10, SY11

Dialling code 01691

Police West Mercia

Fire Shropshire

Ambulance West Midlands

EU Parliament West Midlands

UK Parliament

North Shropshire

List of places UK England Shropshire

52°51′35″N 3°03′14″W / 52.8598°N 3.0538°W / 52.8598; -3.0538Coordinates: 52°51′35″N 3°03′14″W / 52.8598°N 3.0538°W / 52.8598; -3.0538

Oswestry
Oswestry
(/ˈɒzwəstri/ OZ-wəs-tree; Welsh: Croesoswallt) is a large market town and civil parish in Shropshire, England, close to the Welsh border. It is at the junction of the A5, A483 and A495 roads. It is one of the UK's oldest border settlements. The town was the administrative headquarters of the Borough of Oswestry
Oswestry
until that was abolished under local government reorganisation with effect from 1 April 2009. Oswestry
Oswestry
is the third-largest town in Shropshire, following Telford
Telford
and Shrewsbury. The 2011 Census recorded the population of the civil parish as 17,105[1] (up almost 10% from 15,613 in 2001) and the urban area as 16,660.[2] The town is five miles (8 km) from the Welsh border, and has a mixed Welsh and English heritage.[3] It is the home of the Shropshire
Shropshire
libraries' Welsh Collection.[4] Oswestry
Oswestry
is the largest settlement within the Oswestry
Oswestry
Uplands, a designated natural area and national character area.[5]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Prehistory 1.2 Saxon times 1.3 The Conquest 1.4 Border town 1.5 Market town 1.6 Military

2 Landmarks 3 Culture 4 Religion 5 Healthcare 6 Education 7 Transport

7.1 Canals 7.2 Historic railways

8 Sport 9 Recreation and leisure 10 Twin towns 11 Notable people

11.1 Arts and media 11.2 Public service 11.3 Religion and Politics 11.4 Science, Medicine & Business 11.5 Sports

12 References 13 External links

History[edit] It has also been known as, or recorded in historical documents as: Album Monasterium; Blancminster; Blankmouster; Blancmustier; Croes Oswallt; Oswaldestre; Meresberie.[6] Prehistory[edit] Oswestry's story began with the 3000-year-old settlement of Old Oswestry, one of the most spectacular and best preserved Iron Age
Iron Age
hill forts in Britain, with evidence of construction and occupation between 800 BC and AD 43.[7] The site is also named Caer Ogyrfan or The City of Gogyrfan, the father of Guinevere
Guinevere
in legend.

St Oswald's Well, believed to cure eye trouble. Image from Hope's book on Holy Wells.

Saxon times[edit] The Battle of Maserfield
Battle of Maserfield
is thought to have been fought there in 642, between the Anglo-Saxon kings Penda of Mercia
Penda of Mercia
and Oswald of Northumbria. Oswald was killed in this battle and was dismembered; according to legend, one of his arms was carried to an ash tree by a raven, and miracles were subsequently attributed to the tree (as Oswald was considered a saint). Thus it is believed that the name of the site is derived from a reference to "Oswald's Tree". The spring, Oswald's Well, is supposed to have originated where the bird dropped the arm from the tree, though one historian suggested that it was likely to have been a pagan spring, in use long before the Saxon battle. The water from the well was believed to have healing properties, particularly for curing eye trouble.[8] Offa's Dyke
Offa's Dyke
runs near the well, to the west. The Conquest[edit] The Domesday Book
Domesday Book
(1086) records a castle being built by Rainald, a Norman Sheriff of Shropshire: L'oeuvre ("the work" in French) – see Oswestry
Oswestry
Castle. Alan fitz Flaad
Alan fitz Flaad
(died c.1120), a Breton knight, was granted the feudal barony of Oswestry[9] by King Henry I who, soon after his accession, invited Alan to England
England
with other Breton friends, and gave him forfeited lands in Norfolk
Norfolk
and Shropshire, including some which had previously belonged to Ernulf de Hesdin (killed at Antioch
Antioch
while on crusade) and Robert of Bellême.[10] Alan's duties to the Crown included supervision of the Welsh border. He also founded Sporle Priory
Sporle Priory
in Norfolk. He married Ada or Adeline, daughter of Ernulf de Hesdin.[11][12] Their eldest son William FitzAlan was made High Sheriff of Shropshire
Shropshire
by King Stephen in 1137. He married a niece of Robert of Gloucester.[13] Alan's younger son, Walter, travelled to Scotland in the train of King David I, Walter becoming the first hereditary Steward of Scotland
Steward of Scotland
and ancestor of the Stewart Royal family. Border town[edit] The town has many Welsh language
Welsh language
street and place names and the town's name in Welsh is Croesoswallt, meaning "Oswald's Cross". It eventually became known as Oswald's Tree in English, from which its current English name is probably derived. The town changed hands between the English and the Welsh a number of times during the Middle Ages. In 1149 the castle was captured by Madog ap Maredudd
Madog ap Maredudd
during 'The Anarchy', and it remained in Welsh hands until 1157. Occasionally in the 13th century it is referred to in official records as Blancmuster (1233) or Blancmostre (1272), meaning "White Minster".[14] Later, Oswestry
Oswestry
was attacked by the forces of Welsh rebel leader Owain Glyndŵr during the early years of his rebellion against the English King Henry IV in 1400; it became known as Pentrepoeth or "hot village" as it was burned and nearly totally destroyed by the Welsh. The castle was reduced to a pile of rocks during the English Civil War. Market town[edit]

Oswestry
Oswestry
– Historic buildings in the town centre, October 2008. Timber framed building in foreground is Llwyd Mansion.

In 1190 the town was granted the right to hold a market each Wednesday.[15] With the weekly influx of Welsh farmers the townsfolk were often bilingual. The town built walls for protection, but these were torn down in the English Civil War
English Civil War
by the Parliamentarians after they took the town from the Royalists after a brief siege on 22 June 1644, leaving only the Newgate Pillar visible today. After the foot and mouth outbreak in the late 1960s the animal market was moved out of the town centre. In the 1990s, a statue of a shepherd and sheep was installed in the market square as a memorial to the history of the market site. Military[edit] Park Hall, a mile east of the town, was one of the most impressive Tudor buildings in the country. It was taken over by the Army during World War I
World War I
in 1915 and used as a training camp and military hospital. On 26 December 1918 it burnt to the ground following an electrical fault. The ruined hall and camp remained derelict between the wars,[16] the camp hospital, however, was still in use; the Baschurch Convalescent and Surgical Home moved there in February 1921 and it became known as the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital.[17] One of the main uses of the land from the 1920s was for motorcycle racing and it became quite a well-known circuit.[17] The camp was reactivated in July 1939 for Royal Artillery
Royal Artillery
training and the Plotting Officers' School.[17] Following World War II, Oswestry was a prominent military centre for Canadian troops, then for the British Royal Artillery, and finally a training centre for 15 to 17-year-old Infantry Junior Leaders. The camp closed in 1975. During the 1970s some local licensed wildfowlers discharged their shotguns at some passing ducks and were shot themselves by a young military guard, who had mistaken them for an attacking IRA force.[17] The area previously occupied by the Park Hall military camp is now mainly residential and agricultural land, with a small number of light industrial units. Park Hall Farm became a visitor attraction in 1998, it is home to the Museum of the Welsh Guards.[17][18] The Park Hall Football Stadium (home of The New Saints FC) and The Venue (including bowling, gym and restaurant) are also on the site.[19] Landmarks[edit]

Old Oswestry

Old Oswestry, situated on the northern edge of the town, dominates the northern and eastern approaches. The 3000-year-old settlement is one of the most spectacular and best preserved Iron Age
Iron Age
hill forts in Britain, with evidence of construction and occupation between 800 BC and AD 43.[7] The site is also named Caer Ogyrfan or The City of Gogyrfan, the father of Guinevere
Guinevere
in legend. Other attractions in and around Oswestry
Oswestry
include: Cae Glas Park, Shelf Bank, Wilfred Owen
Wilfred Owen
Green, Saint Oswald's Well at Maserfield, Castle Bank, and the Cambrian Railway Museum located near the former railway station. The town is famous for its high number of public houses per head of population; there are around 30 in the town today, many of which offer real ale. A story incorporating the names of all of the pubs once open in Oswestry
Oswestry
can be found hanging on a wall inside The Oak Inn on Church Street. There is a tapestry of 40 Oswestry
Oswestry
pub signs on display in the town's Guildhall on the Bailey Head. The Stonehouse Brewery was opened in 2007, on the site of the former Weston Wharf railway station at Weston, in nearby Oswestry
Oswestry
Rural; Stonehouse Brewery supplies many of the pubs with real ale. Brogyntyn
Brogyntyn
Hall which belonged until recently to the Lords Harlech lies just outside the town.[20] Upon leaving the Hall, Lord Harlech sold a few acres of field to Oswestry
Oswestry
Town Council, for the purpose of conversion into park land; this land is, today, called 'Brogyntyn Park' and is frequented daily. Culture[edit] There is a range of arts related activities in the town.

Hermon Chapel

The Oswestry
Oswestry
Town Museum. Cambrian Railways
Cambrian Railways
Museum Attfield Theatre [21] Fusion Arts organises arts and music activities for young people.[22] Kinokulture, a cinema[23] Hermon Chapel Arts Centre[24] Oswestry
Oswestry
Choral Society, the Oswestry
Oswestry
Recorded Music Society, and the Oswestry
Oswestry
Ladies Choir has developed.[25] Wilfred Owen
Wilfred Owen
Green[26] Borderlines Film Festival[27] The Oswestry
Oswestry
Food and Drink Festival[28] The Whittington International Chamber Music Festival[29]

Religion[edit] In the 2011 Census, 68.7% of the population of Shropshire
Shropshire
stated that their religion was 'Christian'. The second largest group (22.8%) stated that they had 'no religion'.[30]

Parish Church of St Oswald

There are a number of places of worship in Oswestry. There are two Church of England
England
churches, which are part of the Diocese of Lichfield: St Oswald's Parish Church and the Holy Trinity Parish Church. St Oswald's Church was first mentioned in the 1085 Domesday book and a tithe document in Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
the same year.[31] St Oswald's Church is Grade II* listed, having a tower dating from late 12th or early 13th century and later additions particularly in the 17th and 19th centuries.[32] There is a new window in the east nave, designed by stained glass artist Jane Grey in 2004. The town of Oswestry
Oswestry
and surrounding villages fall into the parish of Our Lady Help of Christians and St Oswald, in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Shrewsbury. The single Catholic church is Our Lady and St Oswald's Catholic Church.[33] There is an associated primary school.[34] There are two Methodist
Methodist
churches: the Horeb Church on Victoria Road and the Oswestry
Oswestry
Methodist
Methodist
Church. Cornerstone Baptist Church
Baptist Church
is on the corner of Lower Brook Street and Roft Street in a modern 1970s building. Other Nonconformist
Nonconformist
churches include the Albert Road Evangelical Church, the Carreg Llwyd Church ("Grey Rock"), founded in 1964, and the Cabin Lane Church, established by members of the Carreg Llywd Church in 1991 following the eastern expansion of Oswestry.[35] Christ Church, now a United Reformed Church
United Reformed Church
but formerly Congregationalist, was the home church of British composer Walford Davies.[36] There is a Welsh-speaking church, the Seion Church, and the Holy Anglican
Anglican
Church, a Western Rite Anglican
Anglican
establishment. Coney Green has a Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall. The Religious Society of Friends also holds meetings in Oswestry. The Grade II* star Hermon Chapel, by chapel architect Thomas Thomas, was a Welsh-speaking Congregational church[37] and is now an arts and community centre. A small Muslim
Muslim
community exists in the town. A plan to transform a 19th-century former Presbyterian church on Oswald Road into a permanent base for meetings and prayer services fell through in March 2013 due to the cost.[38] Healthcare[edit] The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust in Oswestry
Oswestry
provides elective orthopaedic surgery and musculoskeletal medical services.[39] The hospital is located towards Gobowen. There is a Minor Injuries Unit on Thomas Savin
Thomas Savin
Road, near the bus station. Education[edit] Oswestry
Oswestry
is home to the second oldest 'free' (which in this context means not linked to any ecclesiastical foundation) school in the country, Oswestry
Oswestry
School, which was founded in 1407. (The oldest, Winchester College, was founded in 1382.)[40] Oswestry
Oswestry
School's 15th century site, adjacent to St Oswald's Parish Church, is now a heritage centre, housing the Tourist Information Centre, Shropshire
Shropshire
Poacher Coffee Shop, and exhibitions.[41][42] There are several primary schools such as Our Lady and St Oswald's Catholic Primary School[43] and Woodside Primary School, which became an academy on 1 May 2013. Secondary education is covered by two independent schools, Moreton Hall School
Moreton Hall School
(for girls) and the aforementioned Oswestry School
Oswestry School
(co-educational), and a comprehensive secondary school, The Marches School, which is also an academy. Further education is provided by North Shropshire
Shropshire
College which is situated in the town at Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
Road and at the Walford Campus near Baschurch. Transport[edit]

Oswestry
Oswestry
– The former station and Cambrian Railways
Cambrian Railways
headquarters, later the Cambrian Visitor Centre, October 2008.

Oswestry
Oswestry
is at the junction of the A5 with the A483 and A495. The A5 continues from Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
to the north, passing the town, before turning west near Chirk
Chirk
and entering Wales. Bus services are operated by Arriva Midlands and local independents Tanat Valley Coaches
Tanat Valley Coaches
and Bryn Melyn. The town has regular bus routes that link nearby villages and towns including Wrexham and Shrewsbury. Canals[edit] The Llangollen Branch of the Shropshire
Shropshire
Union Canal runs from Ellesmere to Llangollen, running 4.5 miles east of the town at Hindford and on through Chirk, 6 miles north. A navigable section of the partially restored Montgomery Canal, runs from Frankton Junction (connecting to the Llangollen Branch of the Shropshire
Shropshire
Union Canal) to Newtown.[44] Historic railways[edit] The railway station, once on the main line of the Cambrian Railways, was closed as a consequence of the 1960s' Beeching Report on British Railways. Opened in 1840, the section from Whitchurch to Welshpool (Buttington Junction), via Ellesmere, Whittington, Oswestry
Oswestry
and Llanymynech, closed on 18 January 1965 in favour of the more viable alternative route via Shrewsbury, leaving only a short branch line of the former Great Western Railway
Great Western Railway
from Gobowen
Gobowen
to continue to serve Oswestry
Oswestry
– but only until 7 November 1966. The GWR branch had once run into a separate GWR Oswestry
Oswestry
terminus, but this has long since disappeared and the land redeveloped as a bus terminus and supermarket. Trains were switched to the main Cambrian station from 7 July 1924.

Down stopping train at Oswestry
Oswestry
in 1960

The main building of the Cambrian station is still a prominent landmark in the town centre: it once housed the headquarters of the Cambrian Railways
Cambrian Railways
company. After restoration, this building was reopened as the Cambrian Visitor Centre in June 2006 but closed on 11 January 2008. It later reopened, and has since evolved into the headquarters of the Cambrian Heritage Railways (CHR) and a small catering establishment known as "Buffers"; other parts of the building have been converted into retail and office units to contribute to the upkeep of the building. A single railway track still running through the station, once overgrown and rusting, has been cleared and repaired and is the subject of an ambitious plan to reopen the line as a steam heritage railway between Oswestry
Oswestry
and Llanyblodwel and Pant (to link with the restored Montgomery Canal
Montgomery Canal
– see above), and as a sustainable community transport rail link from Oswestry
Oswestry
to the UK network main-line railway station at Gobowen. By 2013, the main "up" platform at Oswestry
Oswestry
station had been reconstructed and some new semaphore signalling installed. The branch-line track-bed from south of Gobowen
Gobowen
to Llanyblodwel is now owned by Shropshire
Shropshire
Council, who lease the land to Cambrian Heritage Railways (CHR), a registered charity. Work is advancing in securing the transfer of the existing Transport & Works Act Order (TWAO) from UK Network Rail to the CHR. The aim was for this transfer to be completed by 2014, and for the railway line between Gobowen
Gobowen
and Oswestry
Oswestry
to be fully re-instated and operational by 2017; however the legal process of the TWAO Unit administering a form of written debate between the proposer and objectors with a guided number of exchanges, was still ongoing in mid 2016. CHR purchase of the final section of the Oswestry
Oswestry
to Gobowen
Gobowen
railway branch line was completed in April 2016; nevertheless, other hurdles to becoming operational, such as permissions and finances to reinstate the level crossings on the main A5/A483 Trunk Roads, will also need to be overcome. Immediately to the south of Oswestry
Oswestry
Railway Station is the Cambrian Railways Museum; while a short distance to the north are the "listed" Works Bridge and the former Cambrian Railways
Cambrian Railways
works, which are now occupied by a variety of local commerce concerns and Oswestry's Community Health Centre and ambulance facility. Sport[edit]

Oswestry
Oswestry
Cricket Club's pavilion, August 2010

The former local football club, Oswestry
Oswestry
Town F.C., was one of the few English teams to compete in the League of Wales. It also won the Welsh Cup in 1884, 1901 and 1907.[45] The club folded due to financial difficulties in 2003 and merged with Total Network Solutions F.C. of Llansantffraid, a village eight miles (13 km) away on the Welsh side of the border. Following the takeover of the club's sponsor in 2006, the club was renamed as the New Saints. They moved to the redeveloped Park Hall Stadium on the outskirts of the town in September 2007. Oswestry
Oswestry
Lions F.C. of the Shropshire
Shropshire
County League also play at the ground. Oswestry Cricket Club compete in the Birmingham and District Premier League which is the oldest cricket league in the country. The club, whose former player Andy Lloyd went on to captain Warwickshire and also to play for England, play at their Morda Road ground to the south of the town.[citation needed] Oswestry
Oswestry
Olympians Athletic and Triathlon club have a strong base in the town with 130+ members. One of Its founders John Disley was a co-founder of the London Marathon. The club puts on several local races including a 5k at Park Hall, a 10k at Ellesmere, A 4 mile fell race in the local village of Trefonen, a 6 mile fell race known as the Gyrn Gallop in Rhiwlas and a Triathlon in Oswestry
Oswestry
itself. Members also compete with regular success in the North Wales Cross Country League with the Vet 40 team winning in 2015/16.[citation needed] Recreation and leisure[edit] From the 1700s to 1848, there was a popular racecourse outside the town. Known as Cyrn-y-Bwch, the site was chosen on this 1000-foot (above sea-level) hilltop because of its location between the Kingdom of England
England
and the Principality of Wales, and the aim was to bring together the local landowners and gentry of Wales and England. Remnants of the old grandstand and figure-of-eight racetrack can still be seen.[46] Nowadays, Oswestry Race Course
Oswestry Race Course
is common land, registered under the Commons Act 1899 and the CROW Act 2000, with a number of rights of way on the South Common including Offa's Dyke
Offa's Dyke
Path and Bridleway. Also designated as a publicly accessible open space and a Wildlife Site in the 1999 Local Plan, it is an area reserved for:

quiet, informal leisure activities and recreation; the biological diversity of the matrix of heathland, sparse woodland, ponds and ditches; and the sustainable management and conservation of nature and wildlife.

The site provides extensive views across the surrounding landscape of England
England
and Wales. The Llanymynech
Llanymynech
to Chirk
Chirk
Mill section of Offa's Dyke
Offa's Dyke
Path (a national trail) crosses the common.[47] For children, The Centre offers many sessions for entertainment. Twin towns[edit] Combs-la-Ville
Combs-la-Ville
in France, since 1980.[48] Notable people[edit] See also: Category:People from Oswestry
Oswestry
and Category:People educated at Oswestry
Oswestry
School Arts and media[edit]

Shirley Brooks
Shirley Brooks
(1816–1874) journalist, [49] novelist [50] and editor of Punch, lived there when training as a solicitor 1832–38 William Archibald Spooner
William Archibald Spooner
(1844–1930) Oxford don, [51] originator of the Spoonerism, educated at Oswestry
Oswestry
School Sir Henry Walford Davies
Walford Davies
KCVO OBE (1869 in Oswestry
Oswestry
– 1941) composer, [52] Master of the Queen's Music 1934 / 1941 Wilfred Owen
Wilfred Owen
MC (1893 in Oswestry
Oswestry
– 1918) poet [53] and soldier [54] in the first World War Ivor Roberts-Jones
Ivor Roberts-Jones
RA (1913 in Oswestry
Oswestry
– 1996) sculptor, [55] sculpting the statue of Winston Churchill, in Parliament Square Barbara Pym (1913 in Oswestry
Oswestry
– 1980) novelist, [56] Booker Prize nominee 1977 Michael Croft OBE (1922 in Hengoed – 1986) actor, [57] schoolteacher and writer. Frank Bough (born 1933) former television presenter, [58] went to school in Oswestry Ian Hunter (born 1939 in Oswestry) lead singer [59] of the English rock band Mott the Hoople
Mott the Hoople
1969 / 1974 Philip Llewellin (1940 in Oswestry
Oswestry
– 2005) journalist and writer, [60] went to Oswestry
Oswestry
School Paul Jerricho (born 1948 in Oswestry) actor, [61] educated at Oswestry School Peter Edwards (born 1955) BP Portrait Award-winning artist, [62] went to Oswestry
Oswestry
school Jesse Armstrong (born in Oswestry
Oswestry
c. 1972) comedy writer, [63] best known for the Channel 4
Channel 4
sitcom Peep Show and the BBC
BBC
political satire The Thick of It.

Public service[edit]

Roger Palmer, 1st Earl of Castlemaine
Roger Palmer, 1st Earl of Castlemaine
(1634–1705) courtier [64] and diplomat Owen Owen (1850–1920) teacher, headmaster and school inspector [65] in Wales Harold Whitfield (1886–1956) Victoria Cross
Victoria Cross
[66] recipient Francis Humphrys
Francis Humphrys
(1879–1971) cricketer, [67] colonial administrator and diplomat John Lloyd Williams MC (1894-unknown), World War I
World War I
flying ace, [68] Chief Constable [69] of Cardiganshire Trevor Rees-Jones (1968-) bodyguard [70] of Diana, Princess of Wales

Religion and Politics[edit]

William FitzAlan, Lord of Oswestry (1105–1160) nobleman [71] of Breton ancestry, major landowner and a Marcher lord John FitzAlan, Lord of Oswestry, Clun
Clun
and Arundel (1223–1267) Marcher Lord [72] with lands in the Welsh Marches. David Holbache (c.1355 – c.1422) Welsh politician, MP for Shropshire, [73] founded Oswestry School
Oswestry School
[74] in 1407. Robert Ussher, (1592–1642) Provost of Trinity College, [75] Dublin and Bishop of Kildare, buried at Doddleston Chapel, near Oswestry Thomas Bray
Thomas Bray
(c.1657–1730) clergyman [76] and abolitionist, went to Oswestry
Oswestry
School Stanley Leighton
Stanley Leighton
(1837 – 1901) barrister, landowner, [77] artist, antiquarian and Conservative MP for Oswestry
Oswestry
1885 / 1901 George Ormsby-Gore, 3rd Baron Harlech
Baron Harlech
KCB TD DL (1855–1938) British soldier [78] and Conservative MP for Oswestry
Oswestry
1901 / 1904 William Griffith Thomas
William Griffith Thomas
(1861 in Oswestry
Oswestry
– 1924) Anglican
Anglican
cleric [79] and scholar William Bridgeman, 1st Viscount Bridgeman
William Bridgeman, 1st Viscount Bridgeman
PC, JP, DL (1864–1935) Home Secretary
Home Secretary
[80] 1922 / 1924 and Conservative MP for Oswestry
Oswestry
1906 / 1929 Bertie Leighton (1875–1952) Army officer, landowner [81] and Conservative MP for Oswestry
Oswestry
1929 / 1945 David Ormsby-Gore, 5th Baron Harlech
Baron Harlech
KCMG PC DL (1918–1985) diplomat [82] and Conservative MP for Oswestry
Oswestry
1950 / 1961 John Biffen
John Biffen
PC, DL (1930–2007) respectfully regarded [83] Conservative MP for Oswestry
Oswestry
1961 / 1997 George Foulkes, Baron Foulkes of Cumnock
George Foulkes, Baron Foulkes of Cumnock
PC (born 1942 in Oswestry) former [84] Scottish Labour Co-operative MP, now life peer

Science, Medicine & Business[edit]

Thomas Mainwaring Penson
Thomas Mainwaring Penson
(1818 in Oswestry
Oswestry
– 1864) surveyor and architect, [85] educated at Oswestry
Oswestry
School Thomas Savin
Thomas Savin
(1826 in Llwynymaen – 1889 in Oswestry) railway engineer, [86] buried Oswestry
Oswestry
Cemetery Edward Weston (1850 in Oswestry
Oswestry
– 1936) chemist, [87] developed electroplating and the Weston cell
Weston cell
in the USA Northcote W. Thomas
Northcote W. Thomas
(1868 in Oswestry
Oswestry
- 1936) British anthropologist [88] and psychical researcher Katharine Lloyd-Williams CBE (1896 in Oswestry
Oswestry
– 1973) anaesthetist, [89] general practitioner and medical educator Gordon Jackson Rees (1918 in Oswestry
Oswestry
– 2001) anesthesiologist [90] and a pioneer in pediatric anesthesia Dame Steve Shirley
Steve Shirley
CH DBE FREng FBCS (born 1933) information technology pioneer, [91] businesswoman and philanthropist, Kindertransport
Kindertransport
child refugee, lived at Oswestry
Oswestry
for six years and attended Oswestry
Oswestry
Girls' High School.[92] Per Lindstrand
Per Lindstrand
(born 1948) Swedish aeronautical engineer and pilot, [93] founded Lindstrand Balloons
Lindstrand Balloons
in Oswestry Ian Robertson CMG (born 1958 in Oswestry) automotive executive, [94] MD of Land Rover, now on the Board of BMW Group

Sports[edit]

Di Jones (1867 in Trefonen
Trefonen
– 1902) Welsh international footballer, 340 pro appearances for Bolton Wanderers F.C.
Bolton Wanderers F.C.
and Manchester City F.C. Charlie Morris (1880 in Oswestry
Oswestry
– 1952) footballer, 277 pro appearances for Derby County F.C. George Wynn (1886 in Treflach
Treflach
– 1966) Welsh professional footballer [95] Herbie Roberts (1905 in Oswestry
Oswestry
– 1944) footballer, [96] 297 pro appearances for Arsenal F.C. Harry Weetman (1920 in Oswestry
Oswestry
- 1972) golfer Fred Morris (1929 in Oswestry
Oswestry
– 1998) footballer, [97] 350 pro appearances, mainly for Walsall F.C. Andy Lloyd (1956 in Oswestry) England
England
test cricketer [98] and captain of Warwickshire CCC Ian Woosnam
Ian Woosnam
OBE (born 1958 in Oswestry) Welsh professional golfer [99] Carl Griffiths (born 1971 in Oswestry) retired footballer, [100] 334 pro appearances beginning at Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
Town F.C. Darren Ryan (born 1972 in Oswestry) former footballer, [101] over 300 pro appearances; now trains youngsters at Wolves Paul Evans (born 1974 in Oswestry) retired footballer, [102] 475 pro appearances beginning at Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
Town F.C. Boaz Myhill
Boaz Myhill
(born 1982) football goalkeeper, [103] over 350 pro appearances, mostly for Hull City F.C. Amy Hughes (born 1987) marathon runner, [104] a sports therapist in Oswestry Matt Done
Matt Done
(born 1988 in Oswestry) professional footballer, [105] over 350 pro appearances so far, plays for Rochdale

References[edit]

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Shropshire
Tourism. " Oswestry
Oswestry
& the Welsh Borders". Retrieved 3 March 2009.  ^ Shropshire
Shropshire
Council. "Welsh Collection at Oswestry
Oswestry
Library". Retrieved 3 March 2009. [permanent dead link] ^ NCA 63: Oswestry Uplands
Oswestry Uplands
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