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Hen Blas Castle

1 1/2m NW of Flint, Flintshire, north Wales
On private land

Alan Reid 1973

At the intersection of two steep valleys is the site of a castle which shows, by the earthworks which remain, that it once had an inner ward and a large outer enclosure, a formation perhaps developed from a very early motte and bailey castle. Its history is unknown, but in 1244 a wooden castle was documented as being "at Coleshill" which is less than half a mile away. There are also traces of a stone structure from the 13th or 14th century, but it has been established that these had no military purpose.

 


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