Rhuddlan (Welsh pronunciation: [ˈr̥ɨðlan], approximately
"RHITH-lan") is a town, community and electoral ward in the county of
Denbighshire within the historic boundaries of Flintshire, on the
north coast of Wales. It is situated to the south of the coastal town
Rhyl and overlooks the River Clwyd. The town gave its name to the
Welsh district of
Rhuddlan from 1974 to 1996. At the 2001 Census, the
population was 4,296, decreasing to 3,709 at the 2011 census.
2 Notable people
4 External links
Rhuddlan church and castle, c.1781
Rhuddlan has a longer history than the castle fortress built following
Edward I's 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 and capital of Gwynedd for the Welsh
Gruffydd ap Llywelyn
Gruffydd ap Llywelyn (1007 – August 5, 1063), whose family may
have been the traditional Welsh lords of
Rhuddlan for generations.
The town is known for the ruins of
Rhuddlan Castle, built by King
Edward I from 1277 to 1282, and for the site of another castle at
Twthill, built by the Norman
Robert of Rhuddlan about 1072.
The town 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.
The hymn tune "Rhuddlan" was brought to wider prominence by Ralph
Vaughan Williams as music editor of the first edition of The English
Hymnal in 1906, and it has since been adopted by numerous other
hymnals. It is usually sung to the words of the hymns "Judge eternal,
throned in splendour" and, more recently, "For the healing of the
Rhuddlan railway station was part of the Vale of
Clwyd Railway until
it closed in the 1960s.
In 2001, the A525 bypass road was completed, easing access to Rhyl,
and since then the centre of
Rhuddlan has been redeveloped.
See Category:People from Rhuddlan
Photographer Philip Jones Griffiths, well known for his photographs
during the Vietnam War, was born in Rhuddlan.
Wales and Sunderland FC
footballer David Vaughan was also born in the town.
Lisa Scott-Lee of
the pop band Steps and her brother
Andy Scott-Lee lived in Rhuddlan.
Neil Davies the author of many novels and the online
lived at 12A Bodrhyddan Avenue for 32 years.
^ 2001 Census: Rhuddlan, Office for National Statistics, retrieved 30
^ "Community/Ward population 2011". Retrieved 24 May 2015.
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www.geograph.co.uk: photos of
Rhuddlan and surrounding area
Betws Gwerfil Goch
Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd
Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd
Betws Gwerfil Goch
Tafarn Y Gelyn
Oldest inhabited location
Bontnewydd Palaeolithic site
List of Parliamentary constituencies in Clwyd
Grade I listed buildings
Grade II* listed buildings
The historic county