Heritage Open Days 2016

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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


richard 111 skull

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, Leicester.

A chance to hear a firsthand account of this amazing excavation and to understand the challenges faced when interpreting the evidence.

Tea/Coffee and Biscuits. Wheelchair Access, Parking, Accessible Toilets, Hearing Loop

2. Saturday 10th September 11.30am -1.30pm

Sleeping Beauty’s Tower, Selattyn.

Selattyn Hill SY10 7NP

Selattyn view

Selattyn Tower

Offas Dyke

This walk led by Heather Hidden takes in an impressive length of Offa’s Dyke, a VictorianTower, a Bronze Age Cairn and fabulous views across Shropshire and the Welsh Border. On reaching the tower there will be time for a picnic lunch and a short talk about the 3000 year history of this site.

The route is a gentle ascent to the top of the hill along a well marked path and is suitable for children or adults who are happy with a total distance there and back of about two and a half miles. It is not suitable for pushchairs or prams. Dogs must be kept on the lead at all times.

Please wear strong shoes or boots and bring a drink and picnic lunch.


Meet in the car park at the old lime kilns, Craignant, Nr Selattyn SY10 7NP. This is on the left hand side of the B4579 from Selattyn to Glyn Ceiriog, just after the Craignant Water Company sign.

No booking required.

3. Saturday 10th September 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm. Prebooking required

Stone Heads & Demons, Bronygarth

The Pentre, Bronygarth, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 7LY

Stone Heads & Demons Bronygarth



Visit this fascinating ancient borderland house overlooking the beautiful Ceiriog Valley at Bronygarth near Chirk.

Discover the many interesting features of this medieval, and later, house protected from demons and witches by ancient runic markings, stone heads, apotropaic marks for warding off evil and ritual objects hidden in the structure hundreds of years ago during a time of fear and superstition.

Terraced gardens with spectacular views to Chirk Castle and across the Ceiriog Valley to Thomas Telford’s aqueduct at Chirk and beyond. Walled Kitchen garden, ornamental pond and ruins.

The house sits on an ancient site in the Celtic hamlet of Bronygarth. Three story stone and half timbered construction built over a much older core with massive reused internal timber frame, vaulted cellar and carved oak fireplaces.

Grounds available to explore between 1.00pm and 5.00pm. Seating available outside if weather is good.

House tour every half hour or so.

Refreshments & cake available for local charity.

Additional information

Medieval and later house with numerous internal steps and staircases between rooms, low beam doors, uneven floors, not suitable for wheelchair access in house. Terraced gardens with stone stairs, large pond (visitors responsible for children safety).

Max 6 people per tour/session. This is a private home, refreshments / donations for local charity only. Please bear with us between tours, explore the gardens and grounds and enjoy the views.


From the A5 roundabout at Gledrid over the level crossing and up through village of Weston Rhyn to the mini roundabout. Take the Bronygarth Road LH side of village shop for one mile. Large stone and half timbered house on the RH side behind the long stone boundary wall via the white gate.

Prebooking is required for this event.

Contact Heather Hidden on 01691 662602 or email heather.hidden@btinternet.com

Booking opens 19 August 2016 at 9.00am and closes 10 September at 12.00 noon

4. Sunday 11th September 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Prebooking required

Oswestry’s Secret Garden: Llanforda

Llanforda Hall, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 7HH

Llanforda Hall

Llanforda Gardens

Llanforda Hall was the beautiful childhood home of the great 17th century Welsh botanist, geologist, antiquarian and Celtic linguist Edward Lhuyd and as a boy he spent happy hours wondering the lanes studying plants and fossils. The gardens of the Hall were some of the most original, fashionable and remarkable in 17th Shropshire and although the mansion is no more the park survives as does the very romantic ruined wall garden and several fish ponds.

Walk in Edward Lhuyd’s footsteps; learn about his extraordinary life, and the history of the lost Hall with Derek Williams, author of Edward Lhuyd, 1660–1709: A Shropshire Welshman, and Heather Hidden OBHAG.

The event is a leisurely stroll across fields and the ground is fairly level although not suitable for wheelchairs and most pushchairs. Strong shoes or boots are advised and as there are sheep dogs must be kept on the lead.


Leave Oswestry by Upper Brook Street which continues as the minor road to Trefonen. About half a mile along this road turn right into another minor road signposted ‘Race Course and Rhydycroesau’. Pass the left turn for Candy and then park in the small layby on the right which where the walk will begin. Alternatively walk from Oswestry along Broomhall lane to this meeting place (about 1km).

Prebooking is required for this walk

Contact Heather Hidden on 01691 662602 or email heather.hidden@btinternet.com

Booking opens 19 August 2016 at 9.00am and closes 10 September at 12.00noon