aerial photographs of Rhuddlan & Rhuddlan Castle North Wales. Rhuddlan Castle was built by Edward I in 1277 who also lived here for a period. He employed master mason James of Saint George who also built the castles at Conwy, Harlech Caernarfon and Beaumaris. The castle replaced a previous Normal Motte which lies just south of the present castle. The adjacent River Clywd was straightened and dredged to allow the castle to be replenished by ship. Edward also built a planned town next to the castle which was defended by earthworks with a timber palisade. Two years after it was completed in 1282 the castle held out against an attack by Llywelyn the Last and in 1294 it held out against another Welsh attack, this time by Madog ap Llywelyn. A third attack came in 1400 when the castle held out against Owain Glyndwr. The castle finally succumbed during the English civil war when it was taken by Cromwell's Parliamentarian forces in 1646 and subsequently slighted.

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