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Ewloe ( , ) is a small town in North Walesmarker, contiguous with Hawardenmarker and Buckleymarker and near to Queensferrymarker and Shottonmarker. Situated close to the Flintshire/Cheshiremarker sector of the Wales-England border, Ewloe forms part of Deeside. The A55 expressway passes through the town and its most notable landmark is Ewloe Castlemarker. At the 2001 Census, the population was 4,862 (2,390 males, 2,472 females).

In 2004 professional footballer Michael Owen bought a small street of houses, Austen Close in Ewloe, for his extended family. He also grew up and owned a house nearby.

History

The placename Ewloe is believed to date back 1200 years to the time when the Kingdom of Merciamarker extended almost to the River Clwydmarker near Rhylmarker.

In 1157 a great battle took place between 3,000 Welshmen led by Owain Gwynedd and the 30,000 troops of English monarch Henry II. During an ambush, King Henry was almost killed by Owain Gwynedd's sons. On 26 January, 2008, a commemorating plaque was unveilled by Alyn and Deeside AM Carl Sargeant.

The Welsh Prince Llewelyn ap Gruffydd built Ewloe Castlemarker in 1257. However in 1276 King Edward I began the greatest invasion of Wales ever undertaken and in December of that year the king's forces took Ewloe Castle and drove the Welsh out. The castle was given back to Llewellyn in 1277 but the Welsh prince broke the peace and was finally deprived of Ewloe Castle.

In the mid 19th century Ewloe became home to Castle Hill Brewery which supplied many of the local public houses. The water used for brewing was extracted from natural springs in Wepre Wood.

Economy

Ewloe grew rapidly during the late 1990s and early 2000s and is now the home of the internet based Moneysupermarket.com and construction company Redrow. HSBC Bank along with many other firms including Unilever can be found in Ewloe, who now occupy what used to be the old Alyn and Deeside District Council Office.

The De Vere Group chain of hotels hosts the 'St David's Hotel' just off the A55 road network in Ewloe. The St David's Park housing estate was built in the 1990s and is known as being a prestigious estate popular with young professionals and families respectively. Increasing numbers of new property and the resulted increase to population in Ewloe has led to the opening of a new Co-op supermarket, despite the original Co-op on the highway in Hawarden (less than a mile away) still being open.

Local residents have shown opposition to plans for the construction of a "superpub" complex in Ewloe by Marston's Brewery.

References

  1. Controversial £3m Flintshire superpub back on


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