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 Wales Denbighshire Ruthin Gaol


The Ruthin Gaol was built in 1775 as a model prison of that period to serve the old county of Denbighshire.

viewfromabove.jpg (55172 bytes)It was designed by J Turner of Chester. the large Victorian block at the rear was built in 1866 on the model of Pentonville Prison in London, and it looks more like a typical prison.

The last execution here took place in 1903 and it closed as a prison in 1916. During the Second World War it housed a significant munitions factory, and it has recently been redeveloped to restore it as a visitor attraction and as a home for the County Archives at a cost of over 1 million.

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