Sunday, May 22, 2011

Oswestry, Shropshire

Nice to drop into towns I never heard of and walk the streets, see the sights, take the pictures, check the details on the internet. Yesterday I visited Oswestry, a town in Shropshire near the Welsh border. Sheep country so this sculpture, Borderland Farmer by local artist Ivor Roberts-Jones, is suitable. Could be in the middle of Tubbercurry or Coolaney.

Wilfred Owen, the poet famous for his poetry of the first World War, was born in Oswestry and there is a memorial seat beside the ancient St Oswald's Church in the town. The plaque on the wall behind has the text of two of his poems, Anthem for Doomed Youth and Futility. He died a week before the end of the war.

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