New Venue for 2017

Please note that we have a change of venue for OBHAG meetings, Methodist Church Hall on Castle St, Oswestry. Meetings on the second Friday of the month at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated, you can check any changes of venue on the event calendar.
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Rhyn Park Roman Military Site and the Birth of OBHAG

Introduction to Rhyn Park In the exceptional summer of 1976 crop marks caused by the drought revealed previously unknown archaeology in fields overlooking the Ceiriog River near the Gledrid Roundabout. Professor Barri Jones of the University of Manchester who had extensive knowledge of Roman activity the Northern March, recognised the potential importance of the site and decided to excavate. Operations began in 1977. The dig attracted huge interest and the Border Counties Advertizer was v...
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HOD 2016 – Richard III Talk

'Killed the Boar, Shaved his Head', the Violent Death of Richard III Robert Woosnam Savage, Curator of European Edged Weapons at the Royal Armouries Leeds and a member of the team which worked on the recently excavated skeleton of Richard III gave a talk which drew one of our largest ever audiences. In August 1485 Richard of York, the last English king to be killed in battle, led his Yorkist army out from Leicester to meet the greatly outnumbered forces of the Lancastrian rebel Henry Tudor. ...
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HOD 2016 – Selattyn Hill Walk

Walk to Sleeping Beauty’s Tower: Selattyn Hill We met at the Lime Kilns Car Park, Craignant and walked up the marked footpath alongside Offa’s Dyke before turning off to finish the climb up Selattyn hill and take in the wonderful views emerging from the morning mist as the sun struggled through the clouds. The summit is 372m above sea level and on a clear day gives views of up to 100km across northeast Wales, Cheshire, Shropshire and Powys. Forestry and repairs In the early 1970s, the landsca...
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A Lasting Legacy

A Lasting Legacy
Congratulations to local historian and longstanding member of OBHAG Jessie Hanson on the publication of her latest book Eleanor Harris and her Charity Schools in Baschurch Parish: A Lasting Legacy. Baschurch School in North Shropshire was founded by local lady, Eleanor Harris, at the beginning of the eighteenth century to teach the poor children of the parish. Born at Boreatton Hall, Eleanor grew up in Baschurch during the turbulent times of the English Civil War and spent many of her for...
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Heritage Open Days 2016

Oswestry & Border History & Archaeology Group - OBHAG Oswestry and Beyond Heritage Open Days 2016   Four Free Events Open to All 1. Friday 9th September at 7.30 pm 'Killed the Boar, Shaved his Head', the Violent Death of Richard III The Memorial Hall, Smithfield Road, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 2EG A talk by Robert Woosnam-Savage of the Royal Armouries Museum. Robert was part of the team which investigated the skeleton of Richard III discovered at Greyfriars, Le...
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Celebrating Age

Celebrating Age, Oswestry Library, 21 May 2016 Organised by Oswestry Equality Group, Celebrating Age Day enabled about 20 local groups and organisations to show what they could offer the over 50s. Oswestry & Border History & Archaeology Group's display was manned by Heather Hidden and Derek Williams.
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Bake-Off

OBHAG Committee Member Margaret Harrison and Margaret Edwards of Oswestry Country Markets will be lending an expert eye to the judging panel selecting the finalists for the Oswestry Heritage Bake-Off. Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood may soon be flavour of the month as the BBC’s Great British Bake-Off gets set to return to our TV screens. But the border town of Oswestry in North Shropshire is busy cooking up its very own version of the popular competition in which local culinary talent and her...
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Oswestry Castle Research Project Aims – 2016

Oswestry & Border History & Archaeology Group OBHAG Oswestry Castle Research Project This year we are excavating two large trenches that partially overlap and greatly extend last year’s trench. The 2015 excavation left a number of questions unanswered which we hope this year’s excavation will help us answer. How deep is the floor level? Last year we were excavating material from the large trench we think is demolition rubble from the destruction of the castle with some later mate...
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Oswestry’s Town Wall?

New sighting of Oswestry’s Town Wall? A narrow services trench running alongside English Walls close to the junction revealed a section of stone wall more than one metre wide at a depth of about 0.25 metres. The wall impeded the progress of the trench which was almost immediately back filled. OBHAG members, alerted by Oswestry’s grapevine, arrived just in time to affirm that the wall’s construction resembled that of known sections of the town wall. Further investigation would be needed to dr...
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