Confolens – a brief history of my town

Since moving to France two years ago life has been very hectic trying to balance working on the very overgrown garden, integrating into the French system and visiting all the historical and archaeological sites. I am living at the edge of a village in South West France called Ansac sur Vienne approximately 3 kilometres from a small medieval town called Confolens. The town of Confolens itself is situated at the confluence of two rivers, the Gloire and the Vienne (hence its name). It was ori...
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The War Diary of Wilhelm Eid

Stell dir vor, es ist Krieg, und keiner geht hin. (Carl Sandburg)   Imagine it’s war, but nobody goes. (Carl Sandburg)   The War Diary of Wilhelm Eid 15th  May 1887 - January 6, 1956 Reserve Infantry Regiment 53, 11th Company     World War 1 (period described: 6 August 1914 - 30 October 1919)   Introduction Wilhelm Eid was a soldier in the German army and fought in World War 1 from 1914 until he became a prisoner of war on the 26th of August 1918 and w...
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Owestry Castle Research Project 2016 Excavation Precis

Following the successful 2015 excavation on top of the Castle mound the project applied for and received a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to excavate again in September 2016. This enabled us to put in two 4x5m trenches that extended the 2015 trench to explore the layout of the buried castle wall we uncovered in 2015. The trenches were large because we knew from last year there is a considerable depth of overburden covering the remains of the castle and their size meant that we could ‘step’ the side...
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Plas Wilmot Notebook

Notebook giving details on the building of Plas Wilmot on Edward Salter’s croft at Croes Wyllan 1829   OBHAG has recently funded the digitising by Oswestry Family & Local History Group of the Plas Wilmot notebook. This unique source, which records the building of Wilfred Owen’s birthplace by Edward Salter in 1829, is held by Oswestry Library. Its digitisation means that it can now be viewed on the Library’s public-access computers without the need to handle the original. ...
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Paul Brown

Paul Brown, ex OBHAG member now living in France. In the 1990s Paul moved to Oswestry from Essex and became an active member of OBHAG. He now keeps in contact with us digitally and kindly helps to publicize OBHAG activities on his own website www.oswestry-history.co.uk/obhag.html which also contains a wealth of local information. Paul has many interests but his greatest passion is archaeology. He became ‘hooked’ when living in Essex and in 1977 founded the Maldon Archaeological & His...
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Remembering one of OBHAG founders

Professor Barri Jones, archaeologist, born April 4, 1936; died July 16, 1999 In the early 1970’s Professor Barri Jones, then the charismatic professor of archaeology at the University of Manchester, turned his attentions to the Oswestry area and began to excavate at Rhyn Park. He discovered a Roman fort and thus began an association with the area which continued until his death in 1999 at the tragically early age of 63. This brief obituary recalls the life of a much loved man and a great Brit...
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Oswestry Field Names

Some Oswestry field names - focussing on the lord's upper and lower parks John Pryce- Jones As historians of Shropshire, we are very fortunate to have at our disposal a set of around 500 hand drawn maps of the county, parish by parish, township by township, prepared by George Foxall, showing in minute detail the field boundaries and field names taken from the tithe apportionments of 1836-50. As Mr Foxall said in his Shropshire field names (1980), the study of field names can tell us a great de...
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The Builders of Plas Wilmot

The ancestry of Edward and Mary Salter, builders of Plas Wilmot, the birthplace of Wilfed Owen. A talk given by OBHAG’s President John Pryce-Jones at the AGM 2017. Introduction Oswestry rightly is proud of its connection with Wilfred Owen, born at Plas Wilmot in 1893. His ancestry through the Salter family is well rooted in Oswestry's history. In this year’s AGM talk, John Pryce-Jones re-examines the Salter connection and takes a close look at the family of Mary Simpson, whose husband Edward ...
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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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