In 1980 Carol James, secretary of the Border Counties Archaeological Group , wrote that "members quickly became aware that their knowledge of the history of Oswestry's thirteenth century defences was woefully inadequate and perfunctory." The words appear in the foreword of a report that gathers together basic facts and references and goes a long way to redressing the deficiency.
The 50 page report was duplicated and distributed at the time but in recent years seems to have been neglected. Not much progress in the 'Search for Oswestry's Town Wall' has been made since 1980 and this report deserves to be better known.
There has been more excavations and sightings since 1980 but nothing to diminish the value this original BCAG effort. By making this available online I am hoping to resurrect interest in this quite exceptional story and go on to add new references and details to bring it up to date.
April 2016 - Service Trench - OBHAG members had a brief glimpse of a stone foundation resembling the construction of known sections of the town wall. Due to it's position it is very likely to be another section. See report and photographs CLICK HERE