In coiffure and dress no women excel
Those who in Oswalds’s city dwell.
Adorned in Cheapside’s merchandise,
Harmonious her citizens, and wise.”
From ‘In Praise of Oswestry’ by Guto'r Glyn (transl DM Lloyd)
In the 15th century one of the most well known Welsh poets was Guto’r Glyn. At that time poets were held in great esteem and received patronage from landowners and gentry. His poems are full of colourful descriptions of every day life and allow us modern readers to glimpse s
All being well we should soon hear whether we have the go ahead for a new museum in Oswestry serving the area surrounding the place. Whilst waiting for the go ahead we have all been busy compiling a time line for the area and what a time line it is. Fantastical and exciting. Battles, wars, destruction, great charismatic leaders, legends, then development of transport links and trade in the industrial era. Today it is such a tranquil and sleepy backwater which looks as if nothing has ever hap