Tourism plans for Wilfred Owen birthplace


Emily Davies

CAMPAIGNERS seeking to protect the Oswestry birthplace of Wilfred Owen have revealed plans to make the Victorian house a major tourist attraction.

Members of the Wilfred Owen Watch say they will be approaching the Park family who own Plas Wilmot to strike out a deal that can preserve the house for years to come.

The move comes after plans for a seven-property housing development in the orchard and vegetable garden area were not halted despite the house receiving Grade II listing last month.

Dr Nigel Tinsley, who says he would like Plas Wilmot to “rival” the Wilfred Owen shrine at Ors in France, said: “The only way to protect this property now and to preserve its full potential as a future tourist attraction is to make some sort of deal with the owners which really will require some funding.
“I have argued that a housing estate around three sides will substantially compromise the setting of Owen’s birthplace. Neither would the listing prevent a determined owner from substantially altering the house itself which at present is still very much the same as when Wilfred was born.”

Dr Tinsley added he was now looking to apply for 2014-18 Commemoration funding to continue with the tourism strategy.

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