There isn't a lot left of Caergwrle Castle but that doesn't mean it doesn't still hold a fascination and some secrets.

An archaeological dig at the site just over 30 years ago confirmed that pork was top of the menu in medieval North East Wales.

Animal bones uncovered in and around the site were mainly pig, according to Clwyd’s then archaeologist, John Manley, who said his team had uncovered a trove of coins, pottery remnants and nails.

More significantly, more of the castle walls were being exposed as the dig of 1990 progressed.

He told the Leader at the time that as more of the historic hilltop fortress was coming into view he hoped Caergwrle Castle would attract more tourists and visitors.

The castle was built in 1278 by Dafydd ap Griffith before he launched his ill-fated rebellion against the English which ended in his execution.

History confirms that Edward I and his queen, Eleanor, were staying at Caergwrle Castle in 1283 when a terrifying fire broke out and they were lucky to escape with their lives.

When the Wrexham, Mold and Connah’s Quay Railway, with stations at Caergwrle and Hope, opened in 1866, it helped cement Caergwrle Castle as a popular tourist destination.

And work to preserve the site continues, as people look to save and remember their heritage.