Old Court House, Historic Houses Ruthin, Denbighshire - Wales where to go, what to see and where to stay in Wales


St Peter's Square Ruthin Denbighshire Wales
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The Old Court House is located in St Peter's Square, Ruthin, North Wales. Ruthin has more listed buildings than any other market town in North Wales, and there are several delightful old buildings in St Peter's Square. The Old Court House of the Lordship of Ruthin is reputed to have been Ruthin's first gaol. This handsome half-timbered building, now the NatWest Bank, was built about 1404 following Owain Glyndwr's attack on the town which left very few houses standing. Most executions at Ruthin were carried out on St Peter's Square and part of the timber gibbet can be seen on the north-west wall of the Court House. The locals are proud of their history and will be happy to point out the remains of the gibbet. It is thought the last person executed was a Catholic Priest, who was hung, drawn and quartered in 1679.
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