Ruthin (/ˈrɪθɪn/ ( listen) RITH-in; Welsh: Rhuthun) is
the county town of
Denbighshire in north Wales. Located in the
southern part of the Vale of Clwyd, the older part of the town, the
castle and St Peter's Square lie on a hill, while many newer parts are
in the flood plain of the River Clwyd. This became apparent several
times in the late 1990s – flood-control works costing £3 million
were completed in autumn 2003.
Ruthin is skirted by villages such
Pwllglas and Rhewl. The name comes from the Welsh words rhudd (red)
and din (fort), referring to the colour of the red sandstone
bedrock, of which the castle was built in 1277–84. The original
name was Castell Coch yng Ngwern-fôr (Red Castle in the Sea Swamps).
The mill is nearby.
Maen Huail is a registered ancient monument
attributed to the brother of
Gildas and King Arthur, located outside
Barclays Bank in St Peter's Square.
6.2 The Craft Centre
6.3 Nantclwyd y Dre
6.4 Cae Ddôl
7 Listed buildings
7.1 St Peter's Square
7.2.1 Porth y Dŵr
7.3 Castle Street
7.4 Record Street
7.5 Well Street
7.6 Other areas
7.7 Rose Cottage
7.8 Scott House
8 Notable people
10 Twin town
11 Crime rate
12 See also
14 External links
The population at the 2001 Census was 5,218, of whom 47 per cent
were male and 53 per cent female. The average age of the population
was 43.0 years and the population is 98.2 per cent "white". According
to the 2011 census, 68 per cent were born in
Wales and 25 per cent in
England. Welsh speakers account for 42 per cent of the town's
Clwyd Street, Rhuthun circa 1875.
Clock tower on St Peter's Square. In the background are the Myddleton
Arms pub, Castle Hotel, and HSBC bank
Exmewe Hall, on St Peter's Square, is now Barclays Bank. Despite
appearances, it was reconstructed entirely in the 20th century from
The town War Memorial
Denbighshire County Council built a new headquarters building in
There is evidence of Celtic and later Roman settlements in the area.
However, little is known of the history of the town before the
Ruthin Castle was started in 1277 by Dafydd, the
brother of prince Llywelyn ap Gruffudd. However, he forfeited the
castle when he rebelled against King Edward I with his brother;
Edward's queen, Eleanor, was in residence in 1281. The Marcher Lord,
Reginald de Grey, Justiciar of Chester, was given the Cantref (an
administrative district) of Deffrencloyt (Dyffryn Clwyd, the Welsh for
Vale of Clwyd), and his family ran the area for the next 226 years.
The third Baron de Grey's land dispute with
Owain Glyndŵr triggered
Glyndŵr's rebellion against King Henry IV, which began on 16
September 1400, when Glyndŵr burned
Ruthin to the ground, reputedly
leaving only the castle and a few other buildings standing.
The Lord de Grey established a Collegiate Church in 1310. Now the
Collegiate and Parish Church of St Peter, it dominates the Ruthin
skyline. It has a double nave and boasts two medieval carved roofs.
These days it is known for its musical tradition. It has a large choir
of children and adults and a four-manual Wadsworth-Willis organ.
Behind the church can be seen the old college buildings, school and
Ruthin native, Sir
Thomas Exmewe was Lord Mayor of the City of
London in 1517–18.
The half-timbered Old Court House (built in 1401), on the square,
features the remains of a gibbet last used to execute a Franciscan
priest, Charles Meehan, also known as Mahoney. He was shipwrecked on
the Welsh coast at a time when Catholicism was equated with treason
— Meehan was hanged, drawn, and quartered in 1679. He was
Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II in 1987 as one of the Eighty-five
martyrs of England and Wales.
During the English Civil War, the castle survived an eleven-week
siege, after which it was demolished by order of Parliament. It was
rebuilt in the 19th century as a country house, which has now been
turned into the luxury
Ruthin Castle Hotel. From 1826 until 1921 the
castle was the home of the Cornwallis-West family, members of
Victorian and Edwardian high society.
In its 18th-century heyday as a town on drovers' routes from Wales
Ruthin was reputed to have "a pub for every week of the
year". By 2007, however, there were only eleven pubs in the town. The
public records of 23 October 1891 show 31 such establishments serving
a population of 3186; most of these have been converted into housing
The Ruthin Union Workhouse
The Ruthin Union Workhouse was built in 1834.
The first copies of the Welsh national anthem, Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau,
were printed in what is now the
Siop Nain tea and gift shop on Well
In 1863 the Denbigh,
Corwen Railway, which linked in
Denbigh with the Vale of
Clwyd Railway (subsequently part of the
London and North Western Railway, the London, Midland and Scottish
Railway, and British Rail) reached the town. The route ran from Rhyl
on the north coast, through
Ruthin to Corwen. Thereafter
the line joined a route from
Ruabon through Llangollen,
Bala to Barmouth. The railway and
Ruthin railway station
Ruthin railway station closed in
1963 under the Beeching Axe. The site of the town's railway station is
now occupied by a large road roundabout (Brieg Roundabout) and the
Ruthin Craft Centre, which originally opened in 1982, but was rebuilt
and reopened in 2008..
Ruthin hosted the National Eisteddfod in 1868 and 1973. The Urdd
National Eisteddfod visited
Ruthin in 1992 and 2006.
The town's principal school is
Ysgol Brynhyfryd (Brynhyfryd School), a
comprehensive school for 11 to 18-year-olds. It was founded in c1830
as a Grade II listed building as the home of local solicitor before
becoming in 1898
Ruthin County School for Girls (the town's boys
travelling five miles by train to
Denbigh High School, and vice
versa). The school went co-educational with feeder junior schools up
to around six miles away in 1938. The school underwent building work
in the 1950s, in the early 1970s (when the number of pupils increased
from 700 to 1000 in a few years, when the minimum school-leaving age
was raised from 15 to 16), and in 2001–2.The listed building
becoming the Sixth Form Centre The school's sports facilities,
including the swimming pool are used as the town's Leisure Centre, and
also feature a theatre and arts complex, Theatr John Ambrose, named
after the late headmaster of the school in the 1980s and 1990s. This
was opened by the actor Rhys Ifans, a former pupil of Ysgol
Pentrecelyn and Ysgol Maes Garmon in Mold, but brought up in Ruthin.
Pupils at a science laboratory at
In 1574 Dr
Gabriel Goodman re-founded
Ruthin School which had been
founded in 1284 and is one of the oldest private schools in the United
Kingdom. In 1590, Goodman established Christ's Hospital for 12 poor
persons around St Peter's Church on the square, and was Dean of
Westminster for 40 years (1561–1601).
Ruthin School is a
co-educational boarding and day school, with 227 pupils overall, 145
boarders and 82 day students (2014). In September 2013, the school
bought Ye Old Anchor, after its closure as a hotel in November 2012.
The hotel has been transformed into a new boarding house, providing
accommodation for 30 upper sixth-form students.
Ruthin has regular daytime bus services on Mondays to Saturdays, with
the last bus on most routes leaving between 5.30 and 7.30 pm. There is
no service on Sundays or public holidays.. Routes serving Ruthin
are Stagecoach routes 1 and 2 to
Mold (route 1 via Llanarmon and
Llanferres, route 2 via Llanarmon, Graianrhyd, and Erryrys), X1 runs
three times a day to
Mold – frequency of
the buses to
Mold varies throughout the day between 30 minutes and 2
hours. Route X51 operated by Arriva gives a basically hourly service
between Rhyl, Denbigh, Ruthin, and
Rhyl bus station is
adjacent to the railway station, providing Ruthin's most convenient
access to the national rail network, while
Wrexham railway station is
a short distance from its bus station). Route 55, operated by Llew
Jones Coaches, operates to
Corwen at intervals of between 50 and 135
minutes throughout the day, with three buses being extended to
Llangollen, and two of them via
Llangollen to Wrexham. Route 76,
operated by M & H Coaches, runs six times a day between Denbigh
Ruthin via the villages of Llandyrnog, Llangynhafal, and Llanbedr
DC; two of the services additionally serve Llanfair DC, Graigfechan,
and Pentrecelyn. Less regular services include the weekly route 71 on
Fridays, between Corwen, Cerrigydrudion, Ruthin, and Morrisons'
supermarket in Denbigh; route 72 which operates on Mondays,
Wednesdays, and Fridays for the communities of Cyffylliog, Clocaenog,
Bontuchel, Betws Gwerfil Goch, Melin-y-Wig, Derwen, and Clawddnewydd.
Ruthin town has route 73, operating three buses a day around
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Ruthin station 1963
Ruthin railway line and station were closed in the 1960s. Prior to
Ruthin was connected by rail to
Rhyl to the
Corwen in the south.
In 1858, it was intended to extend the Vale of
Clwyd line from Denbigh
to Ruthin. The new line was to run alongside the race-course in the
town park (now Parc-y Dre housing) to the Station Hotel (renamed Park
Place Hotel) which was to be the new railway hotel. However the West
family successfully objected to the line going through the castle park
towards Corwen. The route was diverted to the north of the town
alongside the road to
Wrexham and the Station Hotel renamed. Opposite
Station Road lies Railway Terrace a row of Grade II listed buildings
which were built in 1864 with clear evidence of the trains running in
a cutting, just in front of the houses. The first sod was cut in
September 1860 by Mrs Florence West, with inaugural service starting
on St David's day 1862. To commemorate the occasion as well as many
festivities a special song was composed with words by T Ab Gwilym,
music by B Williams and published by Isaac Clarke. The line covered
six and three quarter miles with stations at Rhewl and
The football team is
Ruthin Town F. C.
Ruthin Town F. C. and the rugby team is
Ruthin/Rhuthun R. F. C – (Teams: Minis, Youth, 3rd XV, 2nd XV, 1st
XV & Women's XV  ).
The 17th-century Crown House, on Well Street, houses the head office
of The Broadcasting Company, Europe's largest radio sports agency.
On 13 June 1981
Ruthin hosted the Annual General Meeting of the
International Football Association Board, the body which determines
the laws of football.
Ruthin Leisure Centre
Mold Road. Swimming pool, Fitness Suite. 
Telephone 01824 703880
Llanfwrog Community Centre Mwrog Street.Tennis, Golf driving range,
Bowls, Cafe. Telephone 01824 702885 
The old Gaol is now a museum. This is a view of the courtyard.
Ruthin Gaol ceased to be a prison in 1916 when the prisoners and
guards were transferred to Shrewsbury. 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
Second World War the prison
buildings were used as a munitions factory, before being handed back
to the County Council, when it was the headquarters of the
Denbighshire Library Service. In 2004 the Gaol was extensively
renovated and reopened as a museum.
Ruthin Gaol is a Grade 2* listed building
The first House of Correction, or Bridewell, was built at the bottom
Clwyd Street, next to the river, in 1654, to replace the Old Court
House, where able-bodied idlers and the unemployed were sent to work.
Following John Howard's investigations into prison conditions the
Denbighshire justices resolved to build a new model prison in Ruthin
on the site of the old Bridewell. Work began in January 1775. In 1802
the prison had four cells for prisoners and nine rooms for debtors. By
1837 it could hold 37 inmates. The Prisons Act of 1865 set new
standards for the design of prisons — as the
Ruthin County Gaol did
not meet the standards plans were drawn up for a new four-storey wing,
and the new prison accommodating up to 100 prisoners, in the style of
London's Pentonville Prison was built at a cost of £12,000. On 1
April 1878 the
Ruthin County Gaol became HM Prison Ruthin, covering
the counties of Denbighshire, Flintshire, and Merionethshire. As far
as is known, 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, his plea of insanity having failed. Another
colourful prison personality was John Jones, known as Coch Bach y Bala
– who was a kleptomaniac and poacher who had spent more than half
his 60 years in all the prisons of north
Wales and many in England; he
twice escaped from
Ruthin Gaol, first on 30 November 1879 when he
walked out of prison with three others while the staff were having
supper — a £5 reward was offered for his capture, which happened
the following 3 January. On 30 September 1913 he tunnelled out of 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
Most Haunted: Midsummer Murders filmed the series' fifth episode in
Ruthin, where the team investigated a
Victorian Era murder. Locations
included the Old Gaol and the town library.
The Craft Centre
Ruthin Craft Centre
The Craft Centre had 10 studios occupied by craftsmen who could be
observed by tourists working at glass blowing, ceramic manufacture,
painting, furniture restoration, etc. The original Craft Centre was
demolished early in 2007, and a new Craft Centre opened in July 2008
in a £4.3 million scheme which contains six craft workshops, larger
galleries and an expanded craft retail gallery, two residency studios,
an education space and a tourist information centre, as well as a
Nantclwyd y Dre
Nantclwyd y Dre
Nantclwyd y Dre looking North on Castle Street
Main article: Nantclwyd y Dre
Nantclwyd y Dre
Nantclwyd y Dre (previously known as Tŷ Nantclwyd), in Castle Street,
was built about 1435 by a local merchant Gronw ap Madoc. The building
was sold to the county council in 1982, restored from 2004, and opened
to the public in 2007. It contains seven rooms which have been
restored to represent various periods in the building's history,
visitors can also observe a colony of Lesser horseshoe bats in the
Behind the house are two gardens, the 13th-century inner garden and
the outer Lord's Garden, itself believed to have been part of a
13th-century developed castle garden. Restored in the 18th
century, Lord's Garden is now itself Grade II listed. In December
2013, the council successfully applied for a grant of £177,600 from
the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will see Lord's Garden restored and
opened to the public by 2015.
Cae Ddôl, 1920
This is Ruthin's main park area, which includes a children's play
area, a lake, walks and picnic area. A skate park was built in 2007
and a zip wire and trim trail added later. The River
through the park.
According to the historian Peter Smith, "Until the 18th century most
Wales had many black-and-white houses (such as Tŷ Nantclwyd
Ruthin is the only example we have left. It should be
carefully conserved, as the last memory we have of these towns."
Seven Eyes is a Grade II* listed building of some importance situated
in St Peter's Square.
St Peter's Square
St Peter's Church
Main article: Collegiate and Parochial Church of St Peter, Ruthin
St Peter's Church is the parish church of Ruthin. It is in the diocese
of St Asaph. Parts are as old as 1282.
The Myddleton Arms
Myddleton Arms is also known as the Seven Eyes. It is said to have
been built in the 14th century. The Dutch style design, long, steeped
roof is attributed to Sir Richard Clough, an Elizabethan merchant. It
has four tiers of dormer windows, each at a different elevation, known
locally as the seven eyes of Ruthin. The property was acquired in 1595
Hugh Myddleton who provided London with it first fresh water
supply. The view of The Myddleton on the square is, in fact, the rear
of the building. The front of the building looked out over the
Formerly a confectionery and bakery shop rented by Mr Thomas
Trehearne, the property was owned by the Castle estate. The property
also served as a chemist's shop, and later Dick's boot store. On 1 May
1898 Mr Harris Jones took the lease of the property for 21 years as a
draper, hosier, glover and dressmaker, he also sold oilcloths,
linoleum and other floor coverings. The shop and house were put up for
sale in the 1913 by the castle estate along with the Castle Hotel and
the Myddleton Arms, which were purchased by Mr William Owen. His lease
expired in 1919 with Mr Jones transferring to what is now Gayla House,
where he converted the ground floor from residential to retail
premises in 1923. The premises are now owned by HSBC Bank.
Formerly the Beehive, which served for 75 years as general drapery and
millinery shop. The exact date of the building is not known, but
remains of timber framing with wattle and daub indicate that the
building is very old. An advertisement claimed the building to be
constructed prior to 1397. The main section of the building was
demolished to make way for the bank.
Ruthin Court Rolls refer to a man
named Telemann in
Ruthin and to a house "in the high St". The rolls
record that, in 1397, Howell de Rowell passed it to John Le Sergant.
Little is known of the family – possibly a retainer of Edward 1st or
Reginald de Grey, probably of Norman French descent. On 24 February,
Sergant surrendered tenancy to his daughter Sibilia. The property
passed to the Exmewe family by the marriage of Sibilia to Richard
Exmewe, their son Thomas was Lord Mayor of London in 1517. Little is
known of Exmewe family. Thomas moved to London, deciding to sell his
Ruthin Estate of Exmewe House
He sold the house to fellow mercer, Edward Goodman. Exmewe House or
Nant Clwyd-y-Dre could have been the birthplace of Gabriel Goodman, as
the family had connections with both properties.
Details of the next 200 years are not clear: it became the King's Arms
in the occupation of John Price. It then became the Queen's Arms
(during the reign of Queen Anne 1702–1714). The property was
purchased for £300 on 5 November 1718 by Robert Myddleton of
During the 19th century, the property was used as a chemist's until
1913. The property was sold as part of the Castle Estate sales in
1913/1919 for £1275 to Mr Lecomber, who, in turn, sold it to Barclays
Bank, which modernised it to what can be seen today.
The Post Office
Now trading as the Celtic Hair Studio at 2 Well Street. Originally a
public house, reputedly built in 1401, possibly the oldest pub in
Ruthin. Lewis Jones, in his 1884 "Handbook For
Ruthin and the
Vicinity", states that the old property, formerly the Ruth Inn, was
adapted to the business of a post office about 25 years previously. It
ceased trading in 1773. In 1850, the building was transformed into a
draper's, later becoming the town post office until 1904.
The site of the present post office was possibly a medieval Carmelite
priory of White Friars said to be founded and built by Reginald de
Grey and partly destroyed by the Reformation. De Grey also provided a
large piece of land close to the castle known as Whitefriars. During
the 1860s and 1870s the site housed the Queen's Head public house and
a horse-feed chandler; both buildings were destroyed by the 1904 fire
when the new post office was built in 1906.
Located at 33, 35 and 37
Clwyd Street opposite the gaol. Now a
florist, it was originally the Red Lion public house. In 1824 the
hangman, Sam Burrows, was staying at the Red Lion on the night before
the execution of John Connor, a highway robber. He gave a detailed
demonstration of how he actually hanged a man, unfortunately the stool
was accidentally kicked away and Burrows almost hanged himself. The
public house ceased trading in 1905.
The Royal Oak
Now flats, the Royal Oak is one of the finest buildings in Ruthin,
having three cruck frames, it is a Grade II* listed building.
Porth y Dŵr
At No. 65
Clwyd Street, this Grade II* listed building retains much of
the medieval timber frame internally, the oak for which was felled in
1455 and 1456. Its original purpose is unknown, although it has a
medieval arched doorway facing towards the 13th-century mill, and a
15th-century solar (private living quarters) with an open roof with
cusped windbraces. It is said to have been converted for domestic use
in 1586 and occupied by the Moyle family. A two-storey porch with
glazed windows (previously described as a balcony) and internal timber
panelling was added, possibly in 1655 when further alterations were
made. The building was extensively altered in the 19th century,
converting part to a shop. Porth y Dŵr originally formed a single
building with No. 67
Clwyd Street (listed Grade II), and adjoined the
medieval west gate to the town that was demolished in 1786.[citation
All buildings on Castle Street are listed by Cadw. These are the
earliest settlements outside the walls of the castle. Some have
burgage plots at the back, established by de Grey in 1283. The plots
and linear have barely changed since their foundation.
Whilst residential properties were at the castle end of the street,
commercial properties were at the end close to St Peters Square. The
one exception was the pub Yr Iwerddon at No. 15. The house retains a
name referring to its connection with Irish drovers attending markets
Other establishments of interest include No. 1, now
Boots formerly the
Raven Inn, which in 1560 may have been the birthplace of Bishop
Richard Parry, pupil and master (1584) of
Ruthin School. He was
involved with dean
Gabriel Goodman and others in translating the Bible
and prayer book into Welsh. The main contributor was Bishop William
Morgan, but Parry's revision in 1620 became the accepted authorised
The old Bowling green at Castle St, c. 1910
Ruthin Royal Bowling Green used the Raven as their headquarters
until the Cornwallis-Wests came to live in
Ruthin Castle. The club met
at the Raven for its annual and quarterly meetings. When competitions
took place the staff of the Raven would take "Cwrw Da" (good beer) to
the players. With the arrival of the Wests, the bowling green inside
the curtilage of the castle forced the club to find an alternative
green. One of the options they accepted was the rear of No. 8 Castle
street "Gorphwysfa", then called the "Constitutional Club", later
renamed the Conservative Club.
No. 2. The Wine Vaults with their six-column Tuscan colonnade was
'known as the Black Horse in the 1820s. This is verified by the Welsh
No. 7. Sir John Trevor House. This served as Totty's the Lawyers in
the 1700s, later as an antique shop, tea shop and finally a private
residence offering bed and breakfast accommodation. Sir John Trevor
was Speaker of the House of Commons from 1690 to 1695, when he was
dismissed for embezzlement. He was the only Speaker to be forced to
resign until 19 May 2009, with the forced departure of Michael Martin.
"Gorphwysfa" This property was part of the Castle estate until sold
off by the Castle owners in 1919. The Rifle Volunteer Corps founded in
1859 stored their armoury at the house until the drill hall was built
in Borthyn in 1885. As mentioned, this property became the
Conservative Club in November 1885.
No. 9. When known as "Corwen", this property was the offices of
Phillips the Attorney's. It is now a private residence. *No. 11.
Ardwyn is a private residence on three storeys, formerly the offices
of the attorneys Smarts.
No. 12. Plas-yn-Dre. The exact date of this house is unknown. It was
rebuilt in 1823, as recorded by a stone above the front door. The
premises housed the North and South
Wales Bank. L. G. Thomas, prime
mover in the founding the Presbyterian Church in Wynnstay Road in
1886, was bank manager and lived here.
Nos 16 and 18 are wooden-framed buildings with a 19th-century
frontage. They formed part of the Castle estate sales of 1913 and
1919. The properties display what is probably the first use of stucco
Old County Hall now
This is a Grade II Listed Building, housed in Record Street and
originally named Stryd y Chwain (Welsh: Flea St) due to its very low
standard of living) The inferior housing was demolished to make way
for the county court and much grander houses between 1785 and 1788.
The present name reflects the storing of records from the assizes and
shire hall. In 1860 it became the county court, with the portico added
at that time. It housed the records of and served as an assize court
until the 1970s. The library opened in the early 1990s.
A Grade II listed building. Before the present police station was
built, the original one was housed in
Ruthin Gaol. This was built in
1890, as it gave convenient access to the courts. It contains four
cells, which are no longer used, and a much reduced number of police
Castle Mews Grade II listed building
Now a shopping precinct this building dates back to the 15th century
with examples of wattle and daub just inside the building on the right
hand side. Remodelled in the early 19th century, when it became the
Cross Keys coaching inn serving the
Chester route with a
change of horses in Mold. It later became a temperance commercial
hotel and was home to one of the three
Ruthin Friendly Societies:
groups of male workers of similar background who contributed small
amounts on a weekly basis for insurance against injury and old age. At
a later date it was the offices of
Ruthin Rural District Council.
No. 10 and 12. Manor House. Grade II listed building
Late 18th-century family town house, which retained it late Georgian
character until developed into today's boutique hotel and art gallery.
The cellars are said to have been constructed of stone from Ruthin
Castle. It has had many uses: as a boarding house for
until 1893, a doctors home, a family home whose most famous resident
was Cynthia Lennon, wife of
John Lennon – their son Julian attended
Ruthin School – a restaurant from the 1930s and a hotel. Today's
hotel architecture and art are very much in mind, having won several
The Wynnstay Hotel And Wayfarer Wool Shop
These two now separate building were once connected by an archway,
through which coaches and horses entered to the rear of the property
for the horses to be stabled. The present Wayfarers shop is shown in
the title deeds as an outbuilding consisting of "an old saddle room, l
with a room over and Gentleman’s Convenience".
The Wynnstay Hotel, now a private house, is first recorded in the
records as being established in 1549 and was known for many years as
the Cross Foxes, which formed the heraldic arms of the Wynnstay
family. The family originated from
Wrexham and boasted they could
Chester to the
Llŷn Peninsula without once leaving their
land. It was important hostelry as the coaching inn for
Denbigh travel. It served the Ruthin,
Chester Royal Mail
service. The pub in its heyday had a bowling green and tennis courts,
and also had a central porch, which was demolished in 1969.
Plas Coch (also known as the Conservative Club) Grade II Listed
This is of medieval origin and is a former 17th-century town house. It
was rebuilt in 1613 using red sandstone from the castle and became
home to the Constable of the castle. The building has two storeys with
attics and four large windows on each floor. In 1963 it became a
banqueting hall owned by Rees Jones, who used to trade at the village
hall in Llanfair. It became the Conservative Club in 1977, and having
been slightly altered, now offers all-round function facilities.
The Spread Eagle
The Spread Eagle is the coat-of-arms of the Goodwin family. Formerly
an inn, records show it traded only from 1792 to 1915, after which it
became a temperance hotel, then a retail shop.
Rose Cottage is a privately owned residence and a Grade 2* listed
building located on the corner of Rhos Street and Haulfryn. It is
listed as an "exceptional survival of a medieval cruck-framed
hall-house of relatively low status, retaining its plan-form,
character and detail".
Situated on the
Corwen Road just past
Ruthin Castle, Scott house was
built 1933 to house the nursing staff of Duff House Sanatorium, which
Ruthin Castle and 475 acres of land for their private clinic
in April 1923. The Grade II listed building is set in landscaped
grounds. The building was later divided into flats.
See Category:People from Ruthin
Evan Owen Allen (1805–1852), Welsh-language writer and poet, died in
Hafina Clwyd, journalist, mayor of
Ruthin (2008–9) and town
Doug Dailey MBE, British cyclist
Wynn Edwards (1842–1900), American farmer and politician
Seren Gibson, glamour model, attended Ysgol Brynhyfryd.
Scarlets rugby union centre
Rob Higgitt is a former resident.
Rhys Ifans and his brother
Llŷr Ifans come from Ruthin.
Eric Jones, climber and BASE jumper, was raised on a farm near Ruthin.
Henry Haydn Jones
Henry Haydn Jones MP (1863–1950) politician, slate quarry owner,
and owner of the
Talyllyn Railway was brought up in the town.
Julian Lennon attended
Eifion Lewis-Roberts, rugby union player for Ruthin, now lives in
Robin Llwyd ab Owain, poet and national chair winner, has lived in
Ruthin since 1979.
Rhys Meirion the ENO opera singer
Cynthia Lennon, first wife of John Lennon, settled in Ruthin.
Formula One racing driver
Tom Pryce was born and raised in Ruthin.
On 6 June 1947 Władysław Raczkiewicz, the first president of the
Polish government in exile, died at
Ruthin Castle. He was buried
in the Polish Cemetery in Newark, Nottinghamshire
Neil Taylor, professional football player, attended Ysgol Brynhyfryd.
Stanley J. Weyman, English novelist, lived in
Ruthin for 33 years and
died there in 1928.
Joe Woolford, former singer in
The Voice UK
The Voice UK in 2015, half of the duo
Joe and Jake
Joe and Jake who represented the UK at the 2016 Eurovision Song
Contest, with "You're Not Alone"
Ruthin is situated on the River Clwyd, at the point where it enters
the low-lying pastures of the Vale of Clwyd. The
Clwydian Range lies
to the east and the
Clocaenog Forest and
Denbigh Moors to the west.
Ruthin is 8 miles (13 km) south-east of Denbigh, 12
miles (19 km) north of Corwen, 10 miles (16 km) west of Mold
and 14 miles (23 km) east of Cerrigydrudion.
The nearest major urban centres are
Wrexham at 17 miles (27 km),
Rhyl at 18 miles (29 km),
Chester at 23 miles (37 km) and
Liverpool at 34 miles (55 km) to the north-east.
Destinations from Ruthin
Henllan, Llansannan, Llanfair Talhaiarn, Llangernyw, Eglwysbach,
Llanrwst, Betws yn Rhos, Abergele, Colwyn Bay
Rhewl, Llanrhaeadr, Denbigh, Trefnant, St Asaph, Rhuddlan, Rhyl
Gellifor, Llangynhafal, Clwydian Range, Moel Famau, Llandyrnog,
Bontuchel, Cyffylliog, Llyn Brenig,
Llanbedr-Dyffryn-Clwyd, Llanferres, Loggerheads, Mold, Mynydd Isa,
Buckley, Broughton, Connah's Quay, Queensferry, Chester
Clocaenog Forest, Clawddnewydd, Llanfihangel
Glyn Myfyr, Cerrigydrudion
Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Pwllglas, Derwen, Gwyddelwern, Corwen, Bala,
Graigfechan, Pentrecelyn, Llysfasi College, Llanarmon-yn-Iâl,
Llandegla, Bwlchgwyn, Coedpoeth, Wrexham
Ruthin is twinned with Brieg, Brittany.
Wales Police classify
Ruthin as having an "average" level of
crime for their area, which itself has one of the lowest crime rates
in the United Kingdom.
Type of crime
2008 crime rate (per 1000 inhabitants)
2008 average actual number of crimes/month
2007 crime rate (per 1000 inhabitants)
2007 average actual number of crimes/month
Ruthin Town Hall
Isaac Clarke (publisher)
The Morning Star, Ruthin
2 & 2A Well Street, Ruthin
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Ruthin flood defence plan unveiled". BBC Online. 7 November 2001.
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^ "Annual Urdd youth festival begins". BBC News. 29 May 2006.
Retrieved 6 October 2012. This year the eisteddfod returns to the site
of the Bro Glyndwr Eisteddfod of 1992.
^ The current bus timetables for Denbighshire: here
^ Rhuthun Hanesyddol / Historic
Ruthin (1979) and DCC archives.
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spot". Western Mail. WalesOnline.co.uk. Retrieved 11 November
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11 November 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2008.
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Ruthin Gaol". BBC News.
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10 December 2005. Retrieved 27 November 2006.
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Ruthin Craft Centre". Retrieved 17
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Denbighshire Council. Retrieved 26 December
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Archeological Preservation Trust. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
^ "Christmas comes early for Lord's Garden, Ruthin". Heritage Lottery
Fund. 23 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
^ "'Secret' garden in
Denbighshire to be opened to public". BBC Wales.
23 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
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Ruthin Town Parishes website; accessed 19 September 2014
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Briec twin towns". Retrieved 14 August 2007.
Ruthin crime levels and statistics
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