Rhuddlan ( , approximately )
is a town and community in the
county of Denbighshire (previously in
Clwyd and before 1974 in the former county of
Flintshire), in north Wales.
situated to the south of the coastal town of Rhyl and
overlooks the River
The town gave its name to the Welsh
district of Rhuddlan
to 1996. At the 2001
, the population was 4,296.
Rhuddlan has a longer history then the castle fortress built
following Edward I of England
Conquest of Wales. Prior to Norman
occupation of lower Gwynedd, the Perfeddwlad, Rhuddlan was the site of a Welsh cantref, and served as the seat of government for
the Welsh king Gruffydd ap
Llywelyn (1007 – August 5, 1063), whose family may have been
the traditional Welsh lords of Rhuddlan for
is known for the ruins of Rhuddlan Castle, built by Edward I
of England from 1277 to 1282 and the site of another castle at
Twthill, built by
the Norman Robert of Rhuddlan about
was also the location where Edward I signed the Statute of Rhuddlan, laying down the way
by which the Principality of
Wales, created by the princes of Gwynedd, was to be governed.
station was part of the Vale of Clwyd Railway until it closed
in the 1960s.
of a pterosaur
was believed to have been discovered in
Rhuddlan in the early 1990s.
In 2001, the A525
bypass road was
completed, easing access to Rhyl and since then the centre of
Rhuddlan has been redeveloped.
Photographer Philip Jones
, well known for his photographs during the Vietnam War
was born in Rhuddlan. Wales
and Real Sociedad
footballer David Vaughan
was also born in
Famous former residents include Lisa
of pop band Steps
her brother Andy Scott-Lee
Rhuddlan Community Recycling Centre
Denbighshire County Council's (DCC) recent controversial plans to
build a recycling centre off the A525, to the south of Rhuddlan,
have been scrapped.
The local council faced very strong, and very public, condemnation
of their plans. Rhuddlan's residents, Professor David Bellamy
The council said it would not be submitting any further planning
applications for the site, and that it would be restored to its
former condition. Local residents have proposed the site be turned
into an environment and nature park.