Oswestry: An Introduction

Oswestry in Shropshire is one of Britain’s oldest continually inhabited settlements. The oldest part of the town is the 3000-year-old Iron Age Hill Fort – one of the most spectacular and best preserved such sits in Britain—which was first populated around 800 BC.

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The town centre has many beautifully preserved ancient buildings, including the Visitor and Exhibition Centre which dates from around 1407. Numerous other timber-framed buildings, dating from the 15 and 16th centuries, are still in use as public houses and inns.

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Oswestry has a population of around 17,000 and is the third largest town in Shropshire.

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The Domesday Book of 1086 records a castle being built by Rainald, a Norman Sheriff of Shropshire: L’oeuvre (“the work” in French),and the town changed hands between the English and the Welsh a number of times during the English-Welsh wars. The castle was reduced to a pile of rocks during the English Civil War.

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More details of the town and its surrounding attractions can be found at the Oswestry Borderland Tourism website.