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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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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Celebrating Age

Celebrating Age, Oswestry Library, 21 May 2016 Organised by Oswestry Equality Group, Celebrating Age Day enabled about 20 local groups and organisations to show what they could offer the over 50s. Oswestry & Border History & Archaeology Group's display was manned by Heather Hidden and Derek Williams.
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