Ruthin Old Castle

Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Other/Unknown)

There are no visible remains

NameRuthin Old Castle
Alternative NamesRhuthun; Ruffin; Ruthlan
Historic CountryDenbighshire
Modern AuthorityDenbighshire
1974 AuthorityClwyd

Possible that there was an older castle here. Somewhere in modern town and, presumably, near parish church at given map reference or on site of later masonry castle. Gerald of Wales mentions a castle of Ruthlan in c. 1183. There are also Pipe Rolls mentions of a castle of Ruffin in 1160-64 (as a Fitz Alan property) and 1212. which may refer to this or some other castle (Castle Bryn-Amlwg in Shropshire, is suggested by Hogg and King in 1963)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSJ123583
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  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 105 Vol. 2 p. 565

Primary Sources

  • Giraldus Cambrensis, c.1183, Description of Wales view online transcription
  • The Great Roll of the Pipe for the fourteenth year of the reign of King John,: Michaelmas 1212 (Pipe Roll Society 68) p. 90 (part of £7 3s. 7d. for iron and provisions)