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‘Ruth is stranger than fiction’ presented by Ruth McPhee

27 October 2023, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

A special live podcast event with Ruth McPhee and guests, taking a journey into the darker side of Cambridge’s history with stories from the old county gaol at Castle Mound. From the mid 17th to early 20th century, the prison housed some of the region’s most wretched and devious criminals, and provided the site for high profile and historic executions. Join us to hear about the fate of such infamous villains as serial killer Walter Horsford, violent preacher John Green, and scheming poisoners Mary Reeder and Elias Lucas.




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Getting Here

We are in the centre of Cambridge. You’ll find us at the corner of Castle Street and Northampton Street. We are right beside Kettle’s Yard and only a 15-minute walk from King’s College.

You can park your bike at the bike parks on Bridge Street or on Northampton Street. There is a bus stop on Bridge Street. Check out the Stagecoach website to plan your journey to and from the Museum. Find out more about how to get here by train, bike, bus, car or on foot on our website.


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‘Ruth is stranger than fiction’ presented by Ruth McPhee


Museum of Cambridge
01223 355159


Enid Porter Room, Museum of Cambridge
2-3 Castle Street
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB3 0AQ United Kingdom
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