ANOTHER visitor, this time from the ‘land down under’, visited Oswestry recently to learn about his heritage.

Roger Goodwin flew from Brisbane, Australia, to the UK to visit places associated with his ancestors to try and fill-in the gaps in his family’s history.

His quest led him to reach out to the Oswestry Family and Local History Group through Facebook, as well as Oswestry Library, where he received valuable insights into the individuals he was keen on researching.


Anne Harrison from the group said: “It gives you a buzz when you find something that you can share with the people looking for information.

“What we did find was how he was connected with The Old White Lion through a marriage – which prompted him to discover more.”

Pam Willing, an initial researcher and co-founder of the Oswestry group, had initially initiated the investigation into Roger's family history but had since taken a step back from the Oswestry Family and Local History Group.

Roger was mainly interested in his Great-Great-Grandmother Elizabeth Evans and her brother Ralph who were publicans in the town for many decades.

The Oswestry Family and Local History Group were able to give Roger copies of various records on these people, Census from 1851 through to 1921, showing these individuals at various establishments, and copies of entries in St Oswald's and Holy Trinity Churches, Parish Records, showing baptisms and marriages of these individuals.

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Due to the extensive digitized copies of the Advertizer, held in the library, they were also able to print extracts of family funerals, which were reported at great length, including names of everyone who attended.

This together with detailed genealogy reports, they hope will give him many hours of reading and future research.

Roger dedicated his final afternoon in Oswestry to visiting and capturing photographs of significant locations, including The Old White Lion (formerly the Red Lion), the residence where his ancestors once lived on Oakhurst Road, the two churches, and, last but not least, the Town Cemetery, where his ancestors are laid to rest.