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Oswestry Visitor and Exhibition Centre

A Grade II Listed Building in Oswestry, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.8569 / 52°51'24"N

Longitude: -3.0586 / 3°3'30"W

OS Eastings: 328819

OS Northings: 329343

OS Grid: SJ288293

Mapcode National: GBR 73.S1JV

Mapcode Global: WH78R.ZGP6

Plus Code: 9C4RVW4R+PH

Entry Name: Oswestry Visitor and Exhibition Centre

Listing Date: 15 May 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1176318

English Heritage Legacy ID: 255532

Location: Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Oswestry

Built-Up Area: Croesowallt

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Oswestry St Oswald King and Martyr

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

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This List entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 11/01/2018

SJ 2829 SE,15/62

Nos. 1 to 3,
Oswestry Visitor and Exhibition Centre

(Formerly listed as: Holbache Museum and Restaurant)




School, latterly divided into three cottages, now museum and restaurant.
C15 core, re-modelled late C16 with considerable later additions and
alterations. Timber-framed with plaster and red brick infill, partly
refaced and extended in early C19 red brick, graded slate roof.
Hall range of two wide bays with later 2-bay cross-wing to left; early
C19 pair of cottages (Nos. 2 and 3) built in angle to right. One storey
and attic with two storeys to cross wing; framing: cross-wing has
close-set vertical posts with middle rail and quatrefoil decoration
(much renewed) to gable, carved bargeboards; moulded bressumer with
stepped stops to first floor shows that gable was formerly jettied
(a carved corner post was found to original left-hand corner during
restoration, c. 1980) but it is now under-built in brick; gable end of hall
range has herringbone decoration and close-set vertical posts with
middle rail, square panels and long curving tension brace to rear;
C19 fenestration repaired C20, leaded casement on each floor to cross
wing and three to former cottages alternating with entrances, two slate-
hung gabled eaves dormers; C20 casements to gable end of hall range
have restored surrounds with moulded cills, ledged C19 doors to cross
wing and former cottages (latter bricked over internally); re-built
red brick stack immediately in front of ridge to right of gable.

INTERIOR: plan of original building indicated by moulded bressumer
which runs around ceiling of main ground-floor room; square panels to
front and rear walls with C17 oak rectangular panelling applied to
right-hand wall, ceiling has chamfered cross and spine beams, latter
with straight-cut stops; re-built inglenook fireplace and C18 cupboards
with H-hinges inset in wall to left of staircase in hall range, light
timber frame exposed to C19 cottage additions; ledged plank and muntin
door with fleur-de-lys strap hinges at entrance to oak winder staircase
in cross wing, another similar door at top of hall staircase; upstairs
further timber frame exposed, decorative herringbone work forming
lozenge patterns above and below tie beam of left-hand truss of hall
range; massive plank floor boards and infilled Tudor arch doorway
between bays of hall range; roofs of queen-strut type with slightly
cambered tie beam to central truss of hall range; single purlins and
straight wind braces to wide left-hand bay, inserted loft to right-hand
bay; truncated chimney bay to left and similar roof to cross wing,
which has later timber framed partition walls.

The building was originally
part of Oswestry Grammar School,founded by David Holbache in 1407. This
building occupies a prominent position on the edge of the churchyard of
St. Oswald (q.v.). B.O.E. p.223.

Listing NGR: SJ2881929338

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