A history of Rhuddlan
Summary of dates
Construction of Offa's Dyke, near modern-day Prestatyn, marking the first effective Welsh-English border.
Battle of Morfa Rhuddlan. Saxon victory, under Offa, King of Mercia over King Caradog ap Meirion.
Anglo-Saxon Cledemutha founded by Edward the Elder.
Castle built by Llywelyn ap Seisyll after he invaded north Wales and slain Aeddan ap Blegywryd, Prince of Gwynedd and his four sons in 1018. He was assassinated shortly afterwards.
Gruffydd ap Llywelyn's settlement at Rhuddlan destroyed by Harold.
Silver coins minted at Rhuddlan in the reign of William the Conqueror.
Construction of motte and bailey castle at Twt Hill by Norman Lord,
Robert of Rhuddlan.
Gruffydd ap Cynan captures bailey of Robert's castle, but fails to take the mound.
Rhuddlan was recorded in the Domesday Book as Roeland.
Rhuddlan captured by Owain Gwynedd.
Rhuddlan recaptured by the English.
Rhuddlan recaptured by Owain Gwynedd after a three month siege.
Silver coins minted at Rhuddlan in the reign of Henry III.
Rhuddlan captured by English under Henry III.
Grant to Edward, the King's son, of Ireland, the Earldom of Chester (including Rhuddlan), the King's lands in Wales, the Channel Islands and Gascony.
Dominican Priory, Rhuddlan, founded in or before 1258, dissolved 1538.
Treaty of Montgomery: Llywelyn ap Gruffydd receives Rhuddlan and the four border cantrefs.
Edward absent on Crusade; succeeds to the English crown as Edward I in November 1272.
Edward I's first Welsh war; Llywelyn ap Gruffydd surrenders at Rhuddlan.
Construction of Rhuddlan Castle and new town.
Work in progress on canalising and deepening of River Clwyd, 'The Great Ditch' by 968 navvies.
1282, 7 August
Elizabeth of Rhuddlan, also known as Elizabeth Plantagenet born at Rhuddlan Castle, daughter of King Edward I and Queen Eleanor.
Edward I's second Welsh war and death of Llywelyn.
Legend has it that Llywelyn's severed head was brought to Edward I at Rhuddlan.
Statute of Wales (Statute of Rhuddlan) proclaimed at Rhuddlan.
St. Mary's Parish Church founded.
King Richard II imprisoned at Rhuddlan Castle.
Rising of Owain Glyndŵr.
Acts of Union: Welsh shires represented in English Parliament. Rhuddlan in County of Flintshire.
Dissolution of the Dominican Priory by Henry VIII.
A bridge with two arches rebuilt over the River Clwyd showing the crest of Bishop William Hughes, Bishop of St. Asaph.
Civil War: Rhuddlan Castle surrendered to Parliamentarians.
Rhuddlan Castle rendered untenable.
Banquet House built.
The Rhuddlan Base Measurement of 'The Principal Triangulation of Great Britain' by Ordnance Survey
Ieuan Glan Geirionydd's ode - Cyflafan Morfa Rhuddlan.
1858, 5 October
Vale of Clwyd Railway opened to passengers.
Current spelling of Rhuddlan officially used.
First World War - the following laid down their lives -
Reginald Davies; Archibald Edwards; Glyn A. Edwards; Percy Evans;
John W. Frost; Ivor Griffiths; Richard Griffiths; John Ingleby; David Jones;
John E. Jones; John O. Jones; Joseph Jones; Thomas Jones;
Joseph W. Parry; Robert P. Pritchard; G.S. Rowley-Conwy;
Noel C. Sarson; Richard H. Williams; Robert Williams; Thomas Williams; Thomas Wynne; W.H. Williams.
Philip Jones Griffiths,
photographer, born in Rhuddlan.
Second World War - the following laid down their lives -
John Anwyl; Edward Evans; Harry Griffiths; Geoffrey Hirst; Harold H. Jones;
Charles Randles; David Lloyd Roberts; Hesketh Lloyd Roberts;
Alexander Spence; George Staley; Eyton Williams; Noel Wynne;
T. Jones; C. Schofield.
Work of conservation started.
Railway closed to passengers.
Rhuddlan in County of Clwyd.
Rhuddlan in County of Denbighshire.
Philip Jones Griffiths died.
19 March 2011
Rhuddlan Local Nature Reserve officially opened by Raymond Fagan.
13 August 2014
A slate plaque commerorating the birthplace of Philip Jones Griffiths
(1936-2008), a worldwide renowned photojournalist, unveiled at Monfa.
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