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Denbigh, Clwyd, Wales

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The old Welsh market town of Denbigh (Welsh Dinbych) was established in 1283 when Henry de Lacy, 3rd Earl of Lincoln, built a castle to help consolidate the English conquest of Wales.  The castle, which stood as a symbol of English sovereignty over the region, was built on the ruins of earlier, Welsh fortifications.  The castle is built on a steep hill and holds a commanding view of the surrounding Vale (Valley) of Clwyd.
The first Borough Charter was granted to Denbigh in 1290 when the town was still contained within the old town walls. During the Wars of the Roses the town was burned and it was subsequently moved from the hilltop to around the present town market. 

During the reign of Elizabeth I, Robert Dudley, as Earl of Leicester, served as lord of Denbigh until his death in 1588.  During the English Civil War, the castle above the town served as a royalist stronghold, and fell to Cromwell's troops only after a siege of four months.  From the 17th century on, Denbigh gradually grew in importance as the principal market town of the Vale of Clwyd, and developed as a center for many tradesmen, including glovers, weavers, smiths, shoemakers, saddlers, curriers and tanners.

Denbigh lies about 13 miles (20km) from the Irish Sea port of Rhyl, which was one terminus of the paddle steamer Denbigh's normal operating route between 1860 and 1863.  The present population of Denbigh is about 10,000 people.  The town remains an area market center, with its economy boosted also by tourism and light industry.  Notable among Denbigh's more famous natives is Henry Morton Stanley, the famous 19th century explorer.  Denbigh is also home to an internationally-known folk music festival held annually in mid-August.


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"An Extremely Fast Boat" | The "Mobile Packet" | A "Bold Rascal" | Denbigh Today
Denbigh's Crew | The Erlanger Loan | Birkenhead-Built: An Unrivaled Legacy
Denbigh Primary Source Documents | Galveston During the Civil War | Denbigh, Clwyd, Wales
The U.S. Coast Survey and the Blockade, 1861 | The Ship's Library: Recommended Reading
Running the Blockade Into Galveston: A Personal Narrative | Denbigh Day-by-Day
Denbigh Portrait | Official Number 28,647 | Valve Chest Animation (300kb) | Investors
Links of Interest | Denbigh F.A.Q. | Denbigh's Engines | Denbigh's Boiler
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April 27-28 Side Scan Survey | May 7-10 Site Mapping
June 16-17 Sub-Bottom Profiling | Site Mapping, July 9-12, 1998 | Dive Trip, October 18-30, 1998
Underwater Images | 1999 Summer Field Season | Denbigh Site Plan
Jerry Williams Speaking Tour | Denbigh Project Benefit Dinner |
Denbigh Artifacts | 2000 Field Crew | 2000 Field Crew Photo Album |
The Denbigh Wreck Site: A Quicktime VR Panaorama
Connecting Rod Recovery, July 22-24, 2000 | Modeling a Shipwreck
Credits & Thank-Yous

J. Barto Arnold et al. 1998-2000, The Denbigh Project, World Wide Web,
Institute of Nautical Archaeology, Texas A&M University, E-mail: (  
Sunday, July 16, 2000 Revision.

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