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History & Haunting
Ruthin Gaol stands on the site of an old 17th century house of correction. Building of the gaol started in 1775 and only had 4 cells. By 1837, the gaol held 37 inmates and by 1865, a four storey high wing was built. Ruthin became known as HM Prison Ruthin in 1878.
There has been only one recorded execution at the gaol which took place in 1903. William Hughes was hanged at the gaol for the murder of his wife. The gaol has housed many people for different crimes. There are reports of suicide and murder at the prison.
Ruthin gaol ceased being a prison in 1916 where inmates were transferred to Shrewsbury prison.
During world war II, the prison house a munitions factory. the used as council offices until 2002 when it became a museum.
There are countless reports of paranormal activity at this location and a ghost hunt here is certainly not for the feint hearted. Full apparitions are reported regularly along with heavy doors of prison cells slamming shut and opening on their own.
Voices and screams are heard and people have reported some of the most frightening activity coming from the condemned mans cell. There is a spirit who is particularly drawn to women and likes to make his presence known by touching them.