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The local area guide to living in Oswestry

Oswestry, in the county of Shropshire, sits just five miles away from the Welsh border, and was claimed alternately by England and Wales throughout the Middle Ages. As such, the town has a heritage mixed between the two, and has Welsh street names as well as English ones.

Named for King Oswald of Northumbria, this charming market town is a conservation area thanks to its unusual architecture and rich history. Timber-framed buildings line a medieval street, combining Georgian townhouses with terraces and churches dating back to the Victorian era.

Notable buildings include the Blackgate and Llwyd Mansion, which are amongst the many castles and forts. The area is also renowned for its high number of pubs – there are approximately 30 in the small town – and its quirky collection of arts and crafts shops

With its scenic town centre and surrounding mountains, it’s no surprise that the area has historically served as inspiration to a number of noted artists, musicians and poets.

Information about the local residents

The Borough of Owestry has a population of approximately 39,000 people, with approximately 43% of residents living within Oswestry town.

Roughly 44% of residents are aged 45 years or over, which is slightly higher than the national average of 40%. Of those in employment, approximately 17% work in managerial or professional roles. A further 25% work in routine occupations, 26.5% in hospitality and catering and the highest proportion – around 30% - work in administration, education or health.

Nearby schools

Oswestry has a number of state primary schools available, including Holy Trinity Church of England School and St Oswald’s Catholic Primary School. There are also non-denominational schools such as Woodside Primary School and The Meadows Primary School.

There is also an independent school, Oswestry School, which offers day and boarding facilities for boys and girls aged between three and 18 years, or Moreton Hall School, which takes boys and girls from one to 11 years, and girls aged 11 years and up.

State secondary schools include The Marches School and Technology College, which is the county’s first academy school. For further education, students have the option of Walford and North Shropshire College.

Getting around

Motorists will find it easy to reach Oswestry, with the A483, the A495 and the A5 all easily accessible from the town.

Bigger towns such as Shrewsbury and Chirk are nearby, and offer major transport links. The nearest railway station is roughly three miles away in Gobowen, and travellers can also catch a train from Shropshire. There are excellent bus links throughout the town and its surrounding areas, with regular routes serving Oswestry to Wrexham.

For an alternative travel experience, the Montgomery Canal runs from Newton to Frankton Junction. There’s also an extensive cycle network that runs between the town and surrounding areas.

For long-distance travel, national and international flights can be taken from the closest major cities including Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool.

Local shops

Oswestry is a market town, and appropriately has a bustling street market at its heart. It’s surrounded by independent boutiques and craft and gift shops – many of which represent the town’s mixed English and Welsh heritage with keepsakes from both cultures. There are also a number of galleries to be explored, thanks to the area’s thriving art scene.

Those looking for evening entertainment can take in one of the performance by the Attfield Theatre Company, which take place in a 99-seat theatre. It also doubles as a cinema, regularly holding film nights.

For pre-theatre dinner and drinks, there are a wide variety of eateries around. Everything from pub grub to fresh farm foods are on offer in the town’s many bars, cafes and restaurants.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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