Gobowen

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Gobowen
Preeshenlle United Reform Church - geograph.org.uk - 200674.jpg
Preeshenlle United Reform Church, Gobowen
Population3,270 (2011 census)
OS grid referenceSJ301337
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townOSWESTRY
Postcode districtSY11
Dialling code01691
PoliceWest Mercia
FireShropshire
AmbulanceWest Midlands
EU ParliamentWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Shropshire

Gobowen is a village in the ceremonial county of Shropshire, England. It is situated around 3 miles north of the town of Oswestry. The population of the village in 2011 was 3,270.

The village was previously called Bryn-y-Castell ("Hill of the Castle" in English). The name changed to Gobowen, this name is believed to originate from Gob (a pillow) and Owen (Owain Glyndŵr) who was believed to have rested here.

The village's population grew up around the railway. The mainline route between Chester and Shrewsbury was built through Gobowen after permission was denied to build it through nearby Oswestry. Gobowen railway station is a Grade II listed building. Today, the station provides direct trains to North Wales, Chester, Shrewsbury, Birmingham and South Wales.

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