Rhuddlan Castle

The Story Behind the Image - Rhuddlan Castle

Rhuddlan will forever be associated with Edward I's 'Statute of Wales', a charter that effectively marked an English takeover of Wales. There was a fortified town here as early as the 10th century, but the castle we see today is largely the design of Edward's mason, Master James of St George, who began work at Rhuddlan in 1278.

I was staying for a wonderful week in a holiday cottage near St Asaph, but I was determined to get a good photo of Rhuddlan Castle. I visited once in the morning and again in the evening. This photo is the result of my evening excursion.

I set up my tripod just the far side of the River Clwyd just beside the modern road bridge. In fact, though the scene is incredibly peaceful, I was regularly disturbed by lorries rumbling over the bridge behind me.

I must have waited over an hour as the sun slowly sank behind me before it was low enough to illuminate the castle walls with a lovely golden glow. Wow!

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