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Ewloe Castle (Denbighshire, Wales)

Updated: Jan 15, 2019

Located on a promontory between two streams, Ewloe is a native Welsh castle built by Llewellyn ap Gruffydd around 1257 and was one of the last fortifications built by a native Prince of Wales. Ewloe Castle is unusually sited as it is overlooked by high ground, and even in the present day it feels much lower situated than most castles.

It is possible the stone castle was built on the site of an earlier Welsh timber castle constructed by Owain Gwynedd in the late 12th century.

Ewloe Castle Site Plan
Salter, M. (1997). Castles of North Wales. Folly Publications. p.66 ISBN 1-871731-27-5

The first building was likely the substantial two-story tower, which was subsequently protected by an inner ward enclosed by a stone curtain wall. The outer bailey was polygonal with a stone curtain wall and a cylindrical two story west tower.

The castle was abandoned after the 1277 Invasion of Wales by Edward I after being taken by the English. It fell quickly into disrepair and ruin. In the present day it is free to access and managed by CADW. The site is overgrown but easy to visit and sign-posted on the main road.

Site visited May 2018.

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