Denbigh Town Walls
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: One of the most complete medieval town walls in Britain
The walls were begun sometime around 1282 and were substantially complete by 1284. The man responsible was Henry de Lacy, Earl of Lincoln, one of Edward's most trusted military leaders. De Lacy constructed a new castle on the site, replacing an earlier Welsh fortress.
His defences were fairly rudimentary, but a second phase of building after a Welsh rebellion in 1295 resulted in much more substantial walls, and further enhancements to the castle itself.
During this second phase of building de Lacy constructed a huge gatehouse protected by three polygonal towers. One of the towers offered accommodation for porters, while another was used as a prison.
Large sections of the walls are ruinous or non-existent, but quite a bit still remains intact. One of the surviving pieces is St Hilary's Chapel, a tower used as a chapel for both the castle and the town. Just behind the chapel stand the ruins of Denbigh Friary, a 13th-century Carmelite monastery.
The wall is built from uncoursed limestone rubble with sandstone quoins. There are several major towers remaining in the walls, including the Goblin Tower, which suffered major damage in the Civil War. This tower still stands to 15 metres in height.
Interestingly, though the walls were built to enclose the town, Denbigh's market was moved outside the walls in 1334, leaving the walls to function as an outer bailey to the castle, while the town developed outside the walls.
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About Denbigh Town Walls
Address: Denbigh, Denbighshire, Wales
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: The easiest place to view the walls is below the castle, off Bull Lane and Castle Hill. Keys to access the wall walks are available at the castle and library.
Website: Denbigh Town Walls
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Denbigh Castle - 0.1 miles (Castle)
Denbigh, Leicester's Church - 0.1 miles (Historic Church)
Denbigh, St Hilary's Chapel - 0.2 miles (Historic Building)
Denbigh Friary - 0.7 miles (Abbey)
Gwaenynog Hall - 1 miles (Garden)
Denbigh, St Marcella Church - 1.3 miles (Historic Church)
Llanrhaeadr, St Dyfnog's Church and Holy Well - 2.2 miles (Historic Church)
Brynbella Garden - 4.6 miles (Garden)
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