North East Wales Archives

North East Wales Archives
The Old Gaol, 46 Clywd Street, Ruthin
LL15 1HP
01824 708250 Ruthin; 01244 532364 Harwarden
Region or country

The North East Wales Archives have branches at both Harwarden and Ruthin. The Hawarden address is: The Old Rectory, Rectory Lane, Hawarden, CH5 3NR

What can be found at the venue?
Records or archive
Significant collections relating to regional crime and punishment organisation or to a particular individual
Quarter Session records; Petty Sessions (later Magistrates Courts); County Court Records (Civil Courts); Police Records; Ruthin Gaol Prisoner Records; Coroner’s Records.
Does the venue have an online collections catalogue?
Details of opening for public access and / or research services
You will need to visit to pre-register for an Archives Card (this card replaced the CARN system from February 2020). After submitting your application you must visit an Archive within 3 months with two forms of ID to receive your card. For more information see how to get a card. You need to apply for a card if you wish to view original documents in our office or any of the archives participating in the scheme.

Both Ruthin and Harwarden branches have the following opening times: Thursday: 10am-4.30pm; Friday: 10am-4.30pm; please note there is a restricted service over lunchtime (12-2pm) when we cannot retrieve documents from the strongrooms. The latest you can order a document is 4pm.
Available services or facilities
Shop, Toilets
Accessibility and disability arrangements / Covid requirements
Ruthin: On-site parking is available for disabled drivers only. Please use the designated parking bays and display your blue badge clearly. The nearest pay and display car parks are Park Road and Crispin Yard .
Other connected heritage sites, museums or archives
Ruthin Gaol
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