The Council provides all retail markets for the town. This includes the Powis Hall indoor market open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday found near the Bailey Head, adjacent to the Guildhall.
Markets have been a major part of the trading and historical importance of Oswestry and have existed for many centuries. The first known Charter was granted during the reign of Henry II when the Town was known as Whiteminster. In 1262 a Charter was granted by John FitzAlan, Lord of the Manor To our Burgesses of our village of Oswaldestree.
The Wednesday and Saturday outdoor markets still create a wide ranging balance of traders with hustle and bustle, colour and excitement to interest visitors and shoppers alike and we boast an excellent Farmers’ Market held on the last Friday of every month which sells the best in local produce such as pies and pastries, meat and fish all at the highest quality. Also look out for our exciting market events which we are also extremely proud of.
The Powis Hall Indoor Market Hall was originally maintained by the Lord of the Manor, and was the Town Hall or Guildhall until premises adjacent were built in 1782. From this date until 1960 the building was used as a corn exchange, then as a butter and cheese market, and during the Second World War for emergency storage and for auxiliary fire service purposes. The hall was reconstructed in 1963 to its present design and is open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday throughout the year.
Oswestry Markets boasts specialist retailers from cake supplies, sewing repairs, pet supplies, welsh goods and party wares among a host of other things. If you like collectables and antiques we have four great shops to rummage through at your leisure and when you feel like you need refreshing we have an excellent cafe and coffee bar. We also have a fantastic quality butcher and fishmonger.