Ruthin Gaol Wales Ghost Hunts
This old gaol has witnessed misery, tragedy, and torment. There have been numerous reports of paranormal activity, many of which are guests visiting the old prison in the daytime.
One frequent report is the heavy prison cell doors slamming shut; in some instances, people have reported the doors slamming shut one by one in a domino effect.
The spirit of the only person executed at the jail is reportedly the main culprit for many hauntings. William is believed to haunt the condemned man’s cell. There is a scene set of his last night in the cell before his execution the following morning in the room. There’s a motion sensor that sets off a commentary upon walking into this cell, and on many occasions, the report has set off when nobody is in the cell or anywhere near it. This has been witnessed during the day as well as the night.
William has also been particularly drawn to women, with many reporting being touched or sensing someone near them.
Another William reported haunting the jail, an ex-prison guard who vanished one day during his rounds.
Ruthin Gaol is home to many spirits—no wonder this location was known in the day for its harsh and fierce conditions.
Ghost hunts at the gaol are certainly not for the faint-hearted. The sound of slamming prison cell doors, heavy thuds and footsteps, drastic temperature changes and the feeling of the icy cold breath in front of your face. Can you face your fears and spend the night here at Ruthin Gaol?
History of Ruthin Gaol
London’s Pentonville Prison. Ruthin became HM Prison Ruthin in 1878 and housed prisoners from counties Denbighshire, Flintshire, and Merionethshire.
There has been just one recorded execution at Ruthin. In 1903, William Hughes was hanged for the murder of his wife. Another character that stands out in Ruthin’s long history is John Jones, aka Coch Bach y Bala, a thief and a poacher, well known throughout many prisons in Wales and England. He managed to escape Ruthin Gaol twice throughout his incarceration. In 1879 he managed to walk straight out of jail with several others whilst the guards were preoccupied with their suppers. A £5 reward was offered for any information that would lead to his capture, and as a result, he was captured shortly after his escape.
His second escape was a little more daring, tunnelling out of his cell and escaping out of a window using bedsheets tied together to make a rope. After seven days on the run and living rough, he was eventually hunted down, and following a quick pursuit, one of the people chasing him shot John in the leg. Shortly after, he died from the wound, and the man who fired the shot was charged; however, the charges were subsequently dropped later.
The building ceased being a prison in 1916, with prisoners and staff relocating to Shrewsbury. Denbighshire council purchased the building in 1926 and used it for offices, the country archives, and a library. A munitions factory operated there throughout World War II before being handed back to the county council. They then used the building as a headquarters for the Denbighshire Library Service. 2002 was the following significant change when it was renovated and re-launched as a museum.
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