~ Gallery - Dwellings ~
Ruiton House
One of the oldest dwellings in the area, built around 1750, this large rambling house has had lots of additions in recent times, it is still a private residence.
Occupied by Mr. William Chrisoston Wood in 1851. [Melville Directory]
This was once the residence of local dignitary William Pike Gibbons, 1854-1946, who was Justice of the Peace and part of the Gibbons industrial dynasty.
The partnership between Benjamin Gibbons and W P Gibbons of Dibdale, trading in gas retorts and other fire clay goods and colliery owners was dissolved in 1895.
Occupied by Mr. William Lees and William Smith, J.P. in 1916. [Kelly's Directory]
It is rumoured that the house contained prisoner cells.
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