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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: One of the great castles of Wales, the site where Edward I proclaimed his Statue of Wales
In August of that year, Edward I pushed westward in his attempt to subdue Llewelyn ap Gruffudd. Edward saw the strategic importance of the Rhuddlan site, and set his engineers to work to create a new stone castle and a fortified borough. Not only did Edward's men prepare the castle site, but they deepened the River Clwyd so that ships could sail right up to a harbour beside the castle.
After the revolt subsided, Edward proclaimed his new Statue of Wales at Rhuddlan. The document effectively placed Wales under direct control of the English crown, and remained the blueprint for English domination of Wales for the next two and half centuries. Edward also put 1000 marks towards the cost of moving the diocesan cathedral of St Asaph to his new borough at Rhuddlan.
Flintshire itself was a royal estate, with the administrative centre in Chester. The castle repulsed attacks by Owain Glyndwr in 1400 and again in 1405. The castle was garrisoned by royalist troops in the Civil War, but after Parliament successfully besieged Rhuddlan the castle was slighted to make sure it could not be held for the king again. Much of the building stone from the castle was used by burgesses of the borough for their own building projects.
Enough remains of Edward's imposing medieval fortress, however, to make a visit to Rhuddlan enormously rewarding. The inner ward, in particular, is well preserved, with a pair of impressive towered entrances each rising to four storeys.
About Rhuddlan Castle
Address: Castle Gate, Castle Street, Rhuddlan, Denbighshire, Wales, LL18 5AD
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: In Rhuddlan via A525 or A547
Website: Rhuddlan Castle
Phone: 01745 590777
OS: SJ050 800
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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