Join the team as we spend the night investigating Wales most haunted prison
Ruthin Gaol has a haunting history dating back to the 17th century, execution, torture, murder and suicide have all left their mark on this former house of correction where conditions were harsh.
Is so much misery, tragedy, and torment the reason for the amount of paranormal activity frequently reported?
The most frequent witnessed activity is the heavy prison cell doors slamming shut, on occasions people have reported the doors slamming shut one by one, in a domino effect.
William Hughes who was hanged at the gaol is believed to haunt the condemned man’s cell where numerous reports of women being so terrified in his area that they have fled in fear
Another William who haunts this harrowing building is the infamous jailor, William Kerr, William simply vanished one day during his rounds. It’s believed the inmates killed him after being put through years of mistreatment by him.
The laughter of a young girl is frequently heard resonating throughout the jail. Little is known of this spirit, maybe we will find out as we go in search of the hauntings of Ruthin Gaol?
Built on the site of Bridewell, a former 17th-century house of correction, building started on Ruthin Gaol in 1775, with just four cells. By 1837 it held 37 inmates, and following the prisons act of 1865, a four-storey wing was built, mirroring the style of London’s Pentonville Prison. Ruthin became HM Prison Ruthin in 1878 and housed prisoners from surrounding The building ceased being a prison in 1916, with prisoners and staff re-locating to Shrewsbury. Denbighshire council purchased the building in 1926 and used it for offices, the country archives, and a library. Throughout World War II, a munitions factory operated there, before being handed back to the county council.
Throughout the night tea/coffee and light refreshments will be available.