Castell Dinas Emrys
A ruined tower set within an enclosure dating back to prehistoric times
and wrapped in Arthurian legend. Defending the slopes of
Snowdon the fortress tops a small hill overlooking the fast flowing
The booklet on this castle includes a discussion of the early Norman invasions of North
Wales during the reign of William the Conqueror and the campaigns of
Gruffydd ap Cynan (d.1137) which led to the eventual liberation of
Gwynedd in the reign of King Henry I. From this a conclusion
is reached that the castle may have been the work of either Robert
Rhuddlan (d.1093) or Earl Hugh of Chester (d.1101) in the late eleventh
century rather than a later Welsh foundation. The castle and its siting is also mentioned in Harlech Castle and its True Origins.
The families of Rhuddlan, the earls of Chester and Gruffydd ap Cynan
The castle remains are examined in detail and the results of the two
excavations which occurred on the site last century are
analysed. Also examined are some of the prehistoric defences
which included a long causeway entrance. The shattered ruins
of the keep, a ditch, a natural mound, a curtain wall and tower seem to
make up the main Medieval defences.
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Paul Martin Remfry