Oswestry

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Oswestry

(ŏz`wĕstrē, –wəs–), town (1991 pop. 12,448), Shropshire, W central England. The market town has plastics, clothing, and printing industries. The area is named for St. Oswald, a Northumbrian king who was killed there in a battle (7th cent.) against King Penda of Mercia. The poet Wilfred OwenOwen, Wilfred,
1893–1918, English poet, b. Oswestry, Shropshire. He served as a company commander in the Artist's Rifles during World War I and was killed in France on Nov. 4, 1918, one week before the armistice.
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He was king of Northumbria from AD 634 until his death at the age of 38, when he was defeated at the battle of Maserfield by the Welsh king, Penda.
(29) The royal vitae exemplify this trend, including the names of insular countries and kingdoms--Scotland, England, Northumbria, Essex, Gloucester, Wessex, Kent, the March of Wales--as well as specific names of towns and shires (Corfe, Dorset, Wareham, Shaftesbury, Eglesdon, Maserfield, Eadmundsbury, Westminster, Winchcombe, Canterbury).