Ruthin Gaol (pronounced “Ruthin Jail”) was a working prison up to 1916, after being built in 1775 The County Council bought the buildings in 1926 and used part of them for offices, the county archives, and the town library. During the Second World War the prison buildings were used as a munitions factory after that it was handed back to the county council.Who still walks the corridors here? Is it John Jones, the infamous prisoner who escaped from Ruthin not once but TWICE one of the escapes was made by tunnelling from his cell and using a rope made out of his bedding he climbed over the roof of the chapel and kitchen and got over the wall; after seven days living rough on the Nantclwyd Estate several miles away, Jones was shot in the leg by one of his pursuers, 19 year old Reginald Jones-Bateman. Jones died of shock and blood loss, while Jones-Bateman was charged with manslaughter, though the charges were subsequently dropped.Or is it the only one person was ever executed in the prison, William Hughes of Denbigh, aged 42, who was hanged on 17 February 1903 for the murder of his wife after his plea of insanity had failed. There have been reported cell doors slamming of their own accord and it is said that William Hughes tortured spirit still resides in the condemned cell. As you can imagine with the amount of people who have gone through the Gaol over the years there will be plenty of activity here.
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