Oswestry, Shropshire

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Oswestry is a town in Croesowallt, Shropshire

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Location and coordinates are for the approximate centre of Oswestry within this administrative area. Geographic features and populated places may cross administrative borders.

Oswestry in historic gazetteers

Gazetteer of the British Isles (Edinburgh: Bartholomew, 1887). John Bartholomew

Oswestry.-- mun. bor., market town, and par., Shropshire, 18 miles NW. of Shrewsbury and 172 miles from London by rail - par., 16,234 ac., pop. 11,923; bor., 1888 ac., pop. 7847; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-days, Wednesday and Saturday. One of the chief towns on the Welsh border, Oswestry is a place of ancient British origin. At an early period Oswestry and its neighbourhood formed the battleground of fierce border feuds. In 1212 it was burnt by King John, and 20 years later by Llewellyn. Upon an eminence in the immediate vicinity of the town are a few fragments of a Norman castle. The surrounding country shows varied, picturesque, and beautiful scenery. Trade in Oswestry is mainly connected with malting and the exportation of agricultural produce.

Gazetteer of the British Isles (Edinburgh: Bartholomew, 1887). John Bartholomew

Oswestry Town Part and Oswestry Rural Part, 2 townships, Oswestry par., Shropshire - Oswestry Town Part (conterminous with borough of Oswestry), 1888 ac., pop. 7847; Oswestry Rural Part, 14,346 ac., pop. 4076.

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