• Lucy

Denbigh Castle (Denbighshire, North Wales)

Updated: Jan 15, 2019

I'm super pleased with the photos from my trip to Denbigh Castle in May 2018 - my first visit to the castle was in October 2017 and I managed to get it on the mistiest, murkiest day possible! May was much nicer, and it was really hard to choose which photos to upload because I was so happy with all of them.

Denbigh Castle was built after Edward I's 1282 conquest of North Wales to control the lordship of Denbigh by Henry de Lacy, Earl of Lincoln. The castle was seized temporarily in 1294, still incomplete, by the rebellion of Madog ap Llewelyn. It was subsequently retaken and the defences improved, however it was still incomplete at Henry's death in 1311.

Upon Henry's death the castle was inherited by his daughter Alice, wife of Thomas Earl of Lancaster, and work continued on the castle until his execution for treason in 1322 (as a result of his role in the Despenser War). After a tumultous couple of years where the castle passed through various hands, in 1355 it came into the possession of the Mortimer family.

The castle held against the Owain Glyndŵr revolt of 1400, remaining in royal hands until the end of the rebellion in 1407.

During the War or the Roses the castle was in the possession of Yorkists despite the constable of the castle being Lancastrian Jasper Tudor. After the Lancastrian victory at Ludford Bridge Jasper Tudor was able to force the Yorkist garrison to surrender, and he finally took full control of the castle in 1460.

When the war once again turned in the favour of the Yorkists , the castle was recaptured in them 1461. In response to this in 1468 Jasper Tudor burned the interior of the walled town. The resulted in a mass exodus of the population of the walled town. By the 16th century the old town area was still largely abandoned and by 1530 much of the castle had fallen into decline.

During the 1642 civil war the castle was held by the Royalists and defended by a garrison of 500 men. It fell to Parliamentarian forces in 1646 after Charles I gave orders personally for the castle to surrender. In 1659 the castle was slighted to be beyond military use; this included demolishing parts of the curtain walls and two towers.

In the present day the castle and town walls are managed by CADW, with paid entry to visit. And definitely well worth the trip!

Castle Site Plan

Denbigh Castle And Town Walls
Denbigh Castle And Town Walls

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