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Rhuddlan Castle

Rhuddlan Castle is concentric in design, consisting of a very strongly defended inner ward, of symmetrical plan, completely surrounded by an outer ward. On the south-west, this fronts the river, but elsewhere, it overlooks an artificial moat, also walled on the outer side, which was dry apart from a short section south of the castle, probably used as a dock. The inner ward is diamond shaped with a singular tower to the northern and southern points and twin towered gatehouses to the eastern and western points. A further tower overlooks the all important dock.

History of Rhuddlan Castle

796 - In the year of the Saxon King Offa's death, his English army wins a key battle against the Welsh at Rhuddaln, providing a foothold in which to conquer the surrounding district.

1063 - Rhuddlan is a royal seat of the Welsh prince Gruffudd ap Llywelyn, providing the Welsh with a strategic base from which to plunder across the border. Later in the year the Welsh are driven from Rhuddlan by a surprise attack by the Saxon Earl Harold, future King of England. Prince Gruffudd manages to escape by sea but within months, following significant pressure by the Saxons over the Welsh, his Welsh enemies treacherously find and kill the prince. His head is taken to Earl Harold, and ultimately delivered to King Edward the Confessor.

1066 - King Harold is defeated at the Battle of Hastings by William the Conqueror who is crowned King Of England on Christmas day. (more in the History section)

Text by Fred Vincent