King of Ewloe, that’s me #atozchallenge

EEwloeCastlesHistoric Sites

IMAG0125One of the nearest castles to where I live is Ewloe. Unlike the great fortifications erected by the Plantagenet kings, this castle was constructed by the Welsh using their own design. On the border of Wales and England, the Welsh princes hoped to defend their territory using the castle, but instead they retreated further inland and abandoned the castle. The English preferred their coastal fortresses in Flint and Rhuddlan and let Ewloe fall into ruin, robbed of most of its stone.

Who built it? Much speculation for sometime and the theory is Llewellyn ab Gruffudd (how to say it: ll=l with a sideways hiss at the same time and dd=th)ย  around 1257. This was the last Llewellyn prince, the grandson of Llewellyn the Great, who almost ruled over all of Wales (Wales’ tendency to split kingdoms between all sons, including illegitimate ones didn’t help unite Wales against the English).ย  These princes, who battled amongst themselves as much as the English, are wonderful fodder for stories. My favourite series is written by Sharon Penman, the first is Here be Dragons.

As for the castle, it remains surrounded by ancient woodland and is a popular place for walking dogs….and children. The remains of the keep and tower are all but hidden until you begin to climb the steep embankment. My heart usually pounds as I climb the steps (a modern addition) whilst kids charge up with youthful exuberance. Due to the trees, there aren’t any great views, which must have influenced the decision to abandon the castle to its fate, but there is a sense of being on top of the world, even though the hill isn’t exactly a monster.

If there is one thing you find yourself wanting to say while admiring the treetops – I’m the king of the castle and you’re the dirty rascal – then Ewloe is probably the place to say it.

 

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  1. Another lovely place. I really must visit your country one of these days! But today, I need to practice my “sideways hissing!” Loved that, and I love your photos, too!

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    1. Welsh is a challenging language and lovely to listen to, very musical. Hope you can visit one day.

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  2. The ruins look more like those I’ve seen of abbeys than a castle. Infighting does tend to kill kingdoms faster than invaders, doesn’t it ๐Ÿ™‚
    Tasha
    Tasha’s Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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    1. Castles and abbeys are very similar in scale and masonry. If I survive this challenge, I might tackle abbeys next year!

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  3. Know it too! Lovely place, full of history.. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. It’s a little gem, hidden in the woods ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. It looks as though it holds many stories and many mysteries.

    Mason
    Alex’s Ninja Minion

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    1. Lots of history in the area, other castles too.

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  5. Got entangled in the sideways hiss…bravo on doing so much research!

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    1. I hope you didn’t lose your tongue! I like research, something of a thing for me.

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  6. If walls could only speak! A hidden gem.

    Keith’s Ramblings : 3 obscure E words

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    1. They’d have much to say!

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  7. Beautiful place. So interesting all the information here. I could just imagine how amazing a feeling must be to see the place — imagine the history — in person.

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    1. Most castles are highly visible, this one is hidden, it makes it extra special, easier to image history.

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  8. Enchanting place. You just know there are stories hidden here ๐Ÿ™‚

    @JazzFeathers
    The Old Shelter – Jazz Age Jazz

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    1. The area is filled with history, from Roman times to the industrial revolution, it’s a fascinating valley.

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  9. What a pretty spot. Thanks for sharing the history of the castle.

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    1. Very pretty, thank you.

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  10. Such an amazing place! Don’t know if I’d want to say that but those pics brought me a sense of inner peace…

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    1. Up there, it can be very peaceful, which is odd given the purpose of a castle is military.

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