Twthill Mound

Twthill Mound King Edward’s great stone castle, however, is only one element of Rhuddlan’s surviving medieval heritage.

A short walk away (via a way-marked footpath) stands the impressive earthen mound called ‘Twthill’ – ‘look-out hill’.

Once crowned by a timber tower, this was the strong point of the Norman predecessor to Edward’s fortress.

It was raised in 1073 by Robert of Rhuddlan, traditionally on the site of an earlier Welsh palace.

At its foot was a stockaded enclosure, and beyond that again a ditched Norman town.

This had its own priory of Dominican ‘black friars’, some of whose buildings form part of Abbey Farm (private).

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