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Ruthin

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Ruthin is the county town of Denbighshire in north Wales. Located around a hill in the southern part of the Vale of Clwyd – the older part of the town, the castle and Saint Peter's Square are located on top of the hill, while many newer parts of the town are on the floodplain of the River Clwyd (which became apparent on several occasions in the late 1990s – new flood control works costing £3 million were inaugurated in autumn 2003). Ruthin also has villages on the outskirts of the town such as Pwllglas and Rhewl.The name 'Ruthin' comes from the Welsh words rhudd (red) and din (fort), and refers to the colour of the new red sandstone which forms the geologic basis of the area, and from which the castle was constructed in 1277–84. The original name of Ruthin was 'Castell Coch yng Ngwern-fôr' (red castle in the sea-swamps). The town developed around the castle and the nearby mill. Maen Huail is a registered ancient monument attributed to the brother of Gildas and King Arthur and is located outside Barclays Bank (formerly Exmewe House), on St Peter's Square.DemographicsThe population at the 2001 Census was 5,218 of whom 47 per cent were male and 53 per cent female. The average age of the population was 43.0 years and the population is 98.2 per cent "white". According to the 2011 census 68 per cent were born in Wales, with 25 per cent being born across the border in England. Welsh language speakers account for 42 per cent of the town's population.
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