MORE than 600 years of Oswestry School’s history will be on show for a special open day for the public.

Oswestry School, in Upper Brook Street, was founded in the 15th century and on Saturday, April 13, from 10am to 3pm, it is putting on a free-to-all event to display more than six centuries of history.

The idea is the brainchild of Anna Evans, school development and fundraising manager, who is keen to ensure the archives held here are shared with the Oswestry community as well as the school so that its fascinating history can be appreciated by all.  


She said: “This event is a chance for anyone who has an interest in Oswestry School to find out more about the people and events that have shaped this school over the centuries.

“We have many items that record what school was like in days gone by, as well as lots of information and photographs of school in the recent past. 

“Visitors are encouraged to bring their own photos, records and memories that relate to Oswestry School.

“This will be a chance to catch-up with old school friends and former colleagues, rekindle school memories or perhaps find out more about family members who have a link to the school.

“We extend a warm welcome to all.”

Founded in 1407, Oswestry School is one of the oldest educational establishments in the UK.

It has garnered a ‘small but precious collection’ of artefacts and information about its past pupils and teachers, as well as the events that shaped the school over its long history. 

Famous alumni include John Godfrey Parry Thomas, famous for breaking the land speed record with his beloved car Babs in 1926 (his father William also attended Oswestry School); William Archibald Spooner (the originator of ‘Spoonerisms’) and Frederick Burnaby the daredevil British soldier who captured the imagination of Victorian Britain with his books recounting his adventures in Asia. 

Anna added: “On display will be back copies of the school magazines, the oldest copy of which is dated 1882 – they all give a wonderful insight into school life at the turn of the 20th century and in particular, document many of the sporting achievements of the pupils. 

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“Photographs, historical documents and records of important events in the school’s history will also be available for browsing during the open day.”

For a closer insight into David Holbache and his wife, Gwenhwyfar, and how they founded Oswestry School, local historian John Pryce-Jones will be delivering a presentation in the school library at 11.30 am.

To register a place at the event, please contact Anna on 01691 592144 or email or register online at