Location: Ewloe in Flintshire, Wales.
Built: 12th-13th Century.
Ownership / Access: Cadw.
Notes: Ewloe Castle (Welsh: Castell Ewlo) is a native Welsh castle near the town of Ewloe in Flintshire, Wales. The castle, which was one of the last fortifications to be built by the sovereign Princes of Wales, was abandoned at the beginning of the invasion of Wales by Edward I in 1277. Its construction, using locally quarried sandstone, appears to have continued piecemeal over many years and may have not been completed. On taking the castle, the English Crown gave it little military value and allowed it to fall into ruin. The Welsh sited Ewloe on high ground within their lands of North East Wales (Welsh Perfeddwlad). Standing near the Chester road, it maintained a strategic position near the Wales-England border. The castle is located on a steeply-sloped promontory within a forested valley. It overlooks the junction of two streams with higher ground to the south.Ewloe Castle, which is a Grade I listed building, is incorporated within Wepre Park; a country park managed by Flintshire County Council. The castle is under the care of Cadw - the national heritage agency for Wales. It can be reached by footpaths through Wepre Woods. Public access is free. In November 2009, the castle was among five lots of farmland and woodland put up for sale by Flintshire County Council. The local authority stressed Ewloe and the site it occupies were protected from any development. It was sold at auction to an anonymous farmer along with 24 acres (9.7 ha) of surrounding land for £122,000.
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