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Rhuddlan Castle, May 2012.jpg
Rhuddlan Castle in May 2012
Rhuddlan is located in Denbighshire
Rhuddlan shown within Denbighshire
Population 3,709 (2011)
OS grid reference SJ025785
  • Rhuddlan
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town RHUDDLAN
Postcode district LL18
Dialling code 01745
Police North Wales
Fire North Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
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53°17′38″N 3°27′50″W / 53.294°N 3.464°W / 53.294; -3.464Coordinates: 53°17′38″N 3°27′50″W / 53.294°N 3.464°W / 53.294; -3.464

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 of 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,[1] decreasing to 3,709 at the 2011 census.[2]


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 king 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.

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.

Notable people[edit]

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 Rhuddlan stories lived at 12A Bodrhyddan Avenue for 32 years.

Rhuddlan Community Recycling Centre[edit]

Denbighshire County Council's (DCC) plans to build a recycling centre off the A525, to the south of Rhuddlan, were scrapped in 2008.[3]

The local council faced very strong, and very public, condemnation of their plans from Rhuddlan's residents, Professor David Bellamy and Cadw. The council said that it would not be submitting any further planning applications for the site and that it would be restored to its former condition.


  1. ^ 2001 Census: Rhuddlan, Office for National Statistics, retrieved 30 June 2008 
  2. ^ "Community/Ward population 2011". Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Plans for recycling centre next to castle dropped, Daily Post, 15 May 2008, retrieved 18 May 2008 

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