300 old maps of Oswestry found in garden shed


Sarah Staples

A WEBSITE of Oswestry’s history has been launched recently after 300 maps were discovered in a garden shed.
Ken Owen, from Llansanffraid, unearthed the three-foot square maps three months ago in a friend’s shed and found they were dated 1875, 1901 and 1926.
The maps are being uploaded along with information about the industrial history of the area and will be added to the newly-formed website: www.oswestry-borderland-heritage.co.uk
Ken said: “Some of the maps were in good condition, but others weren’t so good.
“It was good to find them because it tied in with a project that we were working on to get the maps on the internet, which we launched last week.”
Mr Owen said he received grant funding from the Local Joint Committee in Llanyblodwel to get the information online.
“This area we are looking at runs from the north of Oswestry down to Llanymynech and Rednal and Llansilin, where all the industrial heritage is.
“My dad used to work on the railway as an engine driver, so the Cambrian Railway has always been of interest to me. But it is only one part of this project. We want to collect information about all of the industrial history that went on around here.
“The maps also highlight the pubs in the town and what they were like in 1875. People could see the pubs that were there and how they changed their names over time. It is interesting to see what things were like in those days.
“It is a very exciting project and we want people to come forward with photographs and memories, we are hopeful it will just grow and grow.”
l To give information or photographs to the project contact Mr Owen on 01691 882130.

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