Ellesmere is a small market town near Oswestry in north Shropshire, England, notable for its proximity to a number of prominent lakes, the Meres. The town is located by the side of ‘The Mere’, one of the largest natural meres in England outside the Lake District and one of nine glacial meres in the area. (‘glacial’ means that the depression occupied by the mere was the location of a block of ice that persisted at the end of the last Ice Age.) These meres are different to those in the Lake District in that they do not have a flow of water into them to maintain the level. Ellesmere is located 20 minutes away from Sweeney Hall.