infobox UK place
constituency_welsh_assembly= Vale of Clwyd
constituency_westminster= Vale of Clwyd
population= 4,296 (2001 Census)
map_type= Rhuddlan (pronounced IPA2|ˈr̥ɨ̞ð.lan, approximately "RITH-lan") is a
townin the county of Denbighshire(previously in Clwydand before 1974 in the former county of Flintshire), in north Wales. It is situated to the south of the coastal town of Rhyland overlooks the River Clwyd. The town gave its name to the Welsh district of Rhuddlan from 1974 to 1996. At the 2001 Census, the population was 4,296.citeweb|url=http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadTableView.do?a=3&b=801638&c=rhuddlan&d=16&e=15&g=414179&i=1001x1003x1004&m=0&r=1&s=1214828168544&enc=1&dsFamilyId=779|title=2001 Census: Rhuddlan|work=Office for National Statistics|accessdate=30 June|accessyear=2008]
Rhuddlan has a longer history then the castle fortress built following
Edward I of England's Conquest of Wales. Prior to Norman occupation of lower Gwynedd, the Perfeddwlad, Rhuddlan was the site of a Welsh cantref, and served as the seat of government for the Welsh king Gruffydd ap Llywelyn(1007 – August 5, 1063), whose family may have been the traditional Welsh lords of Rhuddlan for generations.
The town was also the location where Edward I signed the
Statute of Rhuddlan, laying down the way by which the Principality of Wales, created by the princes of Gwynedd, was to be governed. Rhuddlan railway stationwas part of the Vale of Clwyd Railway, it closed in the 1960s.
fossilof a pterosaurwas believed to have been discovered in Rhuddlan in the early 1990s.
In 2001, the A525 bypass road was completed, easing access to Rhyl and since then the centre of Rhuddlan has been redeveloped.
Philip Jones Griffiths, well known for his photographs during the Vietnam Warwas born in Rhuddlan. Wales and Real Sociedadfootballer David Vaughan was also born in the town.Famous former residents include Lisa Scott-Leeof pop band Steps and her brother Andy Scott-Lee.
Rhuddlan Community Recycling Centre
Denbighshire County Council's (DCC) recent controversial plans to build a recycling centre off the A525, to the south of Rhuddlan, have been scrapped. [citeweb|url=http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2008/05/15/plans-for-recycling-centre-next-to-castle-dropped-55578-20917222/|title=Plans for recycling centre next to castle dropped|work=Daily Post|date=15 May 2008|accessdate=18 May|accessyear=2008] The local council faced very strong, and very public, condemnation of their plans. Rhuddlan's residents, Professor
David Bellamyand CADW. The council said it would not be submitting any further planning applications for the site, and that it would be restored to its former condition. Local residents have proposed the site be turned into an environment and nature park.
* [http://www.geograph.org.uk/search.php?i=3481561 www.geograph.co.uk ; photos of Rhuddlan and surrounding area]
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