Denbigh Town Walls
Denbigh Town Walls is in Denbigh Castle and Town Walls.
Only the foundations of the Exchequer Gate [Map] on the western side of the walls remain but the gatehouse would originally have been protected by two circular towers.
The Burgess Gate [Map] has two circular towers protecting a vaulted passage way. It is built from white limestone and yellow sandstone, with the stonework forming a chequered design; this was a common decorative approach at the time. The top courses have been lost, the gatehouse might originally have stood up to 18m tall.
Chester Archaeological and History Society 1856 Page 48. Burgess Gate [Map] at Denbigh Castle.
Wall Burgess Gate to Entrance
Current North Entrance
The Current North Entrance [Map] is padlocked. The key can be obtained from the castle shop for which a deposit is required.
Wall Entrance to North-Eastern Tower
The North-Eastern Tower [Map] is a two-storey tower of which most remains. It protects a point at which the walls turn through an angle.
Wall North-Eastern Tower to Countess Tower
The Countess Tower [Map] was a complex of two four-sided corner towers and a small two-storey building on their southern side. The northern tower of this complex was extended entirely beyond the perimeter of the walls, at least two-storey and equipped inside, in the south-east corner with a fireplace. The eastern tower was larger, also heated by a fireplace on the lower floor, but it only slightly protruded beyond the face of the wall.
Wall Countess Tower to Goblin Tower
The Goblin Tower [Map] was a polygonal tower, protruding beyond the perimeter of the wall on a rocky cliff. It was 15 meters high (21 meters above the rock slopes on the outer side) and had large buttresses reaching 5 meters from the north. Inside, a narrow stone staircase led to the lower floor with the well. The upper floor was accessible by the staircase at the northern wall. It housed a fireplace with a cleverly placed smoke escape shaft. The section of the massive outer wall that connected the Goblin and Countess towers had two levels of arrowslits: the upper one accessible from the crown of the defensive walkway and the lower at the path between the towers. To the south of the Goblin Tower, the defensive walk-wall reached another wicket gate, secured by a small drawbridge, connecting to the main perimeter of the town walls. The next strengthening of the perimeter of the walls was the semi-cylindrical southern tower (Bastion Tower), located at a fairly distant distance, right next to the defensive walls of the castle. Originally, it had three or four floors and a checkered decoration made of yellow sandstone, similar to the Burgess Gate.
Exterior of the Goblin Tower [Map]
Stairs leading to the Well at the bottom of the Goblin Tower [Map].
Chester Archaeological and History Society 1856 Page 48. Goblin Tower [Map] at Denbigh Castle.
Chester Archaeological and History Society 1856 Page 48. The Goblin Tower [Map]. Denbigh Castle.
The walls are further protected by an Unamed Gate [Map] which would originally have had a drawbridge over which steps are now constructed.
Current South Entrance
Path to South Entrance
The Bastion Tower [Map] was originally three storeys tall and was decorated with chequered sandstone and limestone in a similar fashion to the Burgess Gate.