The Old Courthouse, Ruthin

The Old Courthouse, Ruthin
The Old Courthouse, St Peter's Square, Ruthin
LL15 1AA
01824 703797
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The Old Courthouse is located in the centre of the mediaeval market town of Ruthin. The 15th Century building is a Grade II* listed building which was purchased by Ruthin Town Council in 2019, and a full, sympathetic refurbishment has resulted in a beautiful space to be enjoyed by locals and visitors. During the day the Community, Civic and Visitor Hub is open for people to pop in, have a look at our historical interpretation, or find out what is happening in the area.

What can be found at the venue?
Historic building or site
Significant collections relating to regional crime and punishment organisation or to a particular individual
The current building was built to replace an earlier structure, owned by the de Grey family, and was notable for being the first building to be attacked at the outset of Owain Glyndŵr's revolt on 6 September 1400. The new building was completed in 1421 and served as the courthouse until 1663 when the town hall was built on the square. The building was the local administrative centre, court, and gaol. Visible within are fine old roof timbers, and on the north-west outside corner is the stump of a gallows beam. The courthouse and cells remained in use until 1785 when the new shire hall was built in Record Street.
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Other connected heritage sites, museums or archives
Ruthin Gaol
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