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Gobowen
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Preeshenlle United Reform Church, Gobowen
Population 3,270 (2011 census)
OS grid reference SJ301337
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town OSWESTRY
Postcode district SY11
Dialling code 01691
Police West Mercia
Fire Shropshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament
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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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