Oswestry Baily Head Market situated on the Welsh Border
In 1190 the town was granted the right to hold a market each Wednesday. With the weekly influx of Welsh farmers the townsfolk were often bilingual. The town built walls for protection, but these were torn down in the English Civil War by the Parliamentarians after they took the town from the Royalists after a brief siege on 22 June 1644, leaving only the Newgate Pillar visible today Oswestry Baily Head market is very popular with locals and tourists maintaining its traditional market town values.
After the foot and mouth outbreak in the late 1960s the animal market was moved out of the town centre. In the 1990s, a statue of a shepherd and sheep was installed in the market square as a memorial to the history of the market site.
The Ellesmere Shropshire Sculpture Trail is made up of sculptures set in the unique and beautiful landscape of Ellesmere in North Shropshire. The pieces are created by international contemporary artists.
Ellesmere Shropshire sculpture trail
ESi commissioned Stephen Hitchin to create a piece in front of Ellesmere Town Hall, and it was finally installed for 2013.
The next phase of the Sculpture Trail was to have one or more sculptures through the town so that the canal part of the trail could be linked to the Cremorne Gardens part with some interest.
We approached the Town Council who were delighted, in Jubilee year to have a sculpture in front of the Town Hall. Opposite is an area known as Sparbridge (a name that has remained since the mediaeval times when the only way to cross the boogy area here at the end of the Mere was by a bridge of spars and planks) Also the rear of Charlotte Row housing is reportedly a rope walk where women and children wound rope for the canal industry. These two aspects of the history of the area was an important criteria for the theme of the sculpture.
To view more information about Ellesmere Shropshire Sculpture trail visit website Ellesmere Sculpture Trail
Woodland Wildlife Weekend
Friday 25th April, 10.30am – 4pm
Woodland Wildlife Weekend
Join us in the plantation for family fun! Live like a bird and build a giant nest, Live like a squirrel and balance from tree to tree, Meet in the plantation, Sandy Lane, Ellesmere Shropshire
Parking in Castle Fields car-park opposite the Boathouse, walk up and cross the lane into the Plantation.
No Need to book, just come along!
Easter Geocache Trail!
Thursday 17th April
Come and learn how to use GPS devices on a Geotrail, Will you be able to navigate around the mere Solve the clues and find the eggs?
Easter find eggs
Meet at the Visitor Information Centre in the Boathouse, Ellesmere.
Session times: Morning 10am 2 hours
Afternoon 1pm 2 hours
For more information contact Luke Neal, Community Officer
01743 284 275