Ruthin Local History Society Programme


21st October at 7.30pm

Gareth Evans: ‘Ruthin’s town walls’.

18th November 2020 at 7.30pm

Gwynn Price Rowlands: ‘From Beadle and Nightwatchmen to Police Constable. The development of policing in late Georgian and early Victorian Denbighshire ’

16th December 2020 at 7.30pm

Robert Owen-Ellis: Christmas Quiz and AGM  

20th January 2021 at 7.30pm

Bob Morris: ‘Treason of the Blue Books. The report on Welsh Education 1847.’

17th February 2021 at 7.30pm

Kate Harcus: ‘Ruthin’s Old Courthouse in the modern era.’

17th March 2021 at 7.30pm

Einion Gruffudd : National Library of Wales: Presentation on the Library’s project on broadcasting history involving local media resources.


21st April 2021 at 7.30pm

Gwynn Mathews: ‘Poetic Licence in the Vale’.

All meetings will be via ZOOM. Invitations to join will be sent out a few days before each meeting.



A link will be sent to all members a few days before each meeting. You will need to download the ZOOM app in order to join the meeting and then click on the joining link. If in difficulty please email or telephone me (07789553737)

I hope this all works and you enjoy the talks.

Best wished take care during these difficult times.



Recent Additions to this site:

On 17th March Einion Gruffudd spoke to nearly 50 members of the Society by Zoom, introducing the vast National Broadcast Archive now held by The National Library for Wales. This offers huge potential for a pilot project in Ruthin whereby BBC and ITV archive films and tapes can be made available for local history research. We need to work out how to move forward with this but there could be a very exciting project ahead for this Society. You can access the presentation HERE

Broadsheets :

We are pleased to announce that all 79 editions of the Rhuthun Local History Broadsheet are now on line, thanks to the skill and efforts of Arnold Hughes, Gareth Evans, Graham Welch, Brian Hubble, and the technical support of Fineline. It has been a mammoth undertaking!

The Broadsheet was published quarterly between 1985 and 2004 by the Coelion Trust, a group of local historians. 

They can all be accessed HERE



NEW !!

The Ruthin Local History Broadsheets included many articles, mainly by David Williams, on the historic houses of the Ruthin area. Use this map key to go straight to the appropriate Broadsheet. 

In most cases these articles are the last one on each Broadsheet.

To enter, click on the map.


Rose Bagley has sent us this photo of an oak panel, believed to be retrieved from the debris of the fire at St. Peter's Church in 1904. An accompanying newspaper cutting appears to confirm this. If anyone has further information, please get in touch with us.

Gareth Evans' new book

'The Buildings of Ruthin'

- a few copies are still availale.

To order a copy, e-mail:


National Library of Wales                     On-line resources

We recommend these resources for research or just general interest:

Welsh Tithe Maps: excellent interactive site for 1839 tithe maps. You can overlay contemporary maps with 1890s OS maps and the actual tithe maps. You can locate particular fields by name (in many cases), owner, occupier (if different), field use (arable or pasture), land area, and amount of tithe.

The People's Collection. OS maps from 1874-5 edition. Zoom in/out facility, hybrid maps allows to see contemporary maps against historical ones.

Welsh Newspapers on line. Again you can navigate to specific newspapers by typing in a particular newspaper title or specific topic, which will then be yellow-line highlighted for one newspaper or all the collection.