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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 was born in Oswestry.
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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).