Oswestry is said to be named after Oswald, King and Saint and his name lives on in many instances around Oswestry Town.
The first great English monarch, he was born in 604 AD and crowned King of Northumbria at the age of 30. There, after battling to take the crown, he founded the monastery at Lindisfarne.
Barely eight years later he came south to a great battle at Maserfield against the pagan King Penda of Mercia. Oswald was defeated and died on August 5th at the age of 38. His body was hacked to pieces and legend says that a raven (or maybe an eagle but definitely a great bird!) took one of his arms to an ash tree and dropped it. At the spot it was dropped a holy well sprang up.
This rather gory description of Oswald’s death in no way describes Oswald’s Well today. It is now a tranquil spot at the edge of town still bubbling away under an impressive iron sculpture of the great bird.
Oswald’s Well Lane SY11 1RZ