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North Shropshire (5 miles from the Welsh border), England. Oswestry is a market town -and important agricultural centre with some well-known high-street shops, and many specialist ones. But it still holds a strong rural town feel with a community that lik

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      27.11.2000 22:01
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      Oswestry is a bit of a mixed up town, these day's the town is English but it has been many a time Welsh, the best way to describe Oswestry is to split it up into several areas and describe each section in detail History and sights of interest: Oswestry and the surrounding area is reaped in Welsh and English as well as pre-Roman sites of interest. The name of the town is derived from Oswalds-Tree. Oswald was a Christian king from Northumberland who came to the area to challenge the pagean king Penda, Oswald was defeated and as a show of strength, his body was hung, drawn a quartered, left hanging on a tree in Maeserfield(Oswald's Tree). Legend has it an Eagle swooped down and carried of Oswalds arm, moments later the bird dropped dead and where the arm fell a magical spring appeared with magical healing powers. A monument of the site can still be found on Maeserfiels Rd. Oswestry is blessed with having one of the finest iron-age hill forts in the country, just to the north of the town. A set walk way has been devised with information boards set at particular points. In the centre of town their is the remains of a motte and bailey Castle which has just been spruced up by the council, heritage board and lottery grants. More recently Oswestry was on the centre of the Cambrian railways until the Beeching report, many of the railway buildings are still in the town with a museum on the site of where the station was situated. Just a few miles away from Oswestry run's Offa's dyke which has well marked footpath's and amazing scenery for the more active of people out there. Things to do in Oswestry: Entertainment wise Oswestry is a bit behind the times. When the cinema closed several years ago nothing replaced it, with the townspeople having to travel at leat 20 miles for cinema, bowling or ice-skating. The town is a mass of pubs rumour has it that Oswestry used to hold the most pub per person record until re
      cently, in such a small town centre it can boast of having over 30 pubs all within 1min walking of each other(excellent for pub crawls, stag do's and hen nights). Summer is excellent in Oswestry with all the pubs overflowing out onto the marketplace to form one large communal drinking area. The town is served by two nightclubs one playing the more upto date music and hardcore dance tunes, while the other playing a wide range of music to suit all ages. The best thing is that Oswestry is easy to get to as it is situated right on the A5 and is close to Shrewsbury, Wrexham and Chester with Manchester and Liverpool only just over an hour away. There a lot of takeaway and sit in restaurants in Oswestry if sitting and having a quite meal is your thing

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