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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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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