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Coordinates: 52°51′40″N 3°03′18″W / 52.861°N 3.055°W / 52.861; -3.055

Borough of Oswestry

Shown within Shropshire non-metropolitan county
 • OriginOswestry Rural District
 • Created1 April 1974 (1974-04-01)
 • Abolished31 March 2009 (2009-03-31)
 • Succeeded byShropshire
StatusNon-metropolitan district, Borough
ONS code39UD
GovernmentOswestry Borough council
 • HQOswestry

Oswestry was a local government district with borough status in Shropshire, England. It was the smallest district of Shropshire.[1] Shrewsbury and Atcham also had the status of a borough.

Its council was based in Oswestry, the only town and largest settlement in the borough. Villages in the borough included Morda, St Martin's, Whittington, Gobowen, Pant, Trefonen and Ruyton XI Towns.[2]

The three most deprived wards in Shropshire (not including Telford and Wrekin) were found[when?] in Oswestry Borough. They are Victoria, Gatacre and Llanyblodwel.[citation needed]

The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, and was a direct successor to Oswestry Rural District.

The district and its council were abolished on 1 April 2009 when the new Shropshire unitary authority was established, as part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "Oswestry | England, United Kingdom | Britannica". Retrieved 10 December 2021.
  2. ^ "The Borough of Oswestry (Electoral Changes) Order 2000". Archived from the original on 10 December 2021.
  3. ^ Andrews, Mark. "'Time to change the way our council works'". Retrieved 10 December 2021.