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  1. I no what your all thinking.. Not another Denbigh report this place has been done so many times I've even been there a few times myself but here goes anyway.. It is in quite a bad way been smashed to pieces and full off graff even tho elwyn does try his best to keep people out. Or in some cases he attracts people there. I have seen him on two occasions I've visited but he didn't see me haha.. Collapsed roofs, mangled cages and sunken floors - these are the eerie pictures taken inside an abandoned psychiatric hospital where patients were once locked up and given lobotomies. The abandoned site in north Wales, known as Denbigh Asylum, has been partially devastated by fire while there are still cages intact that were used to prevent patients escaping from their designated areas. More than 20 patients were selected for prefrontal lobotomy treatments between 1942 and 1944 at the hospital, with one patient dying from the controversial procedure. Lobotomies, which consisted of the removal of parts of the brain, began to be routinely carried out in the 1930s as a supposed treatment for those considered insane - but the barbaric practice was stopped two decades later with the introduction of antipsychotic medicines. The once eloquent and imposing building was built in 1848 and designed by architect Thomas Full James. It was designated for closure by MP Enoch Powell in 1960 and was finally shut for good in 1995. Photographer Mathew Growcoot described the scene: 'It was by far the creepiest place I have ever been into. There were so many strange noises emanating from the buildings that I really didn't want to wander too far from my companion. 'At one point we both heard what sounded like a groan and just stopped and stared at each other. I don't believe in ghosts but I didn't want to hang around.' The site has been subject to a compulsory purchase order by Denbighshire council. But that is being appealed by the site's current owners. The front facade is Grade II listed and a proposal to build homes around the entrance has been put forward. However, the restoration cost is set to be close to a million pounds. Mr Growcoot added: 'It was in a really poor state. It looked as thought a bomb had tore through the site, everything was damaged. There was nothing to stop you entering the site and as a result the vandalism and fire damage was plain to see. 'I wonder how far a million pounds would go to restoring the hospital. Seems as though it would make more sense to flatten the site and start over.' Me spying on elwyn as he gets his dogs out..
  2. UK Denbigh - April 2015

    Well we all know about this one but here is some history which I enjoyed stealing from Hamtagger who stole it from Session9. Designed by architect Thomas Full James to originally accommodate between 60 and 200 patients, the hospital originally had its own farm and gasworks. Planned for closure by Enoch Powell during the 1960s, it was closed in sections from 1991 to 2002. On 22 November 2008, during work to renovate the building site and convert it to apartments and residential properties, the building caught fire; it was later confirmed that the main hall of the hospital was destroyed. Arson was suspected. Currently on the buildings at risk register, planning permission has currently lapsed. In 2011 the building was at risk of collapsing and no action was taken by the owners after an urgent works notice was issued, Denbighshire Council had no choice but to carry out repairs on the building which has reached £930,000 In 2013, Denbighshire Council voted to press ahead with a compulsory purchase order on the building; the council, however, wish to reach an agreement with the owners before taking legal action. An estimated cost of repairing the building is £1 million. I had by the point of reaching Denbigh driven nearly 300 miles, I was nearly as fucked as the building that was in front of me. I had done 2 locations allready on the Saturday and didn't get much sleep at all. I was driving my stupidly lowered car which is definitely not meant for the roads of Wales! I found that out easily enough! Won't be making that mistake again! Anyway it was a real hot day, the first location was a no go so killing some time headed here. I had seen loads of pics of Denbigh and was happy I was stood in front of it. I must admit I was completely distracted by the cute lambs who's bums wobbled as they ran away from me Headed in and stopped by the chapel first, was quite taken by this little building and have to agree with what hamtagger said on his thread. It was a credit to Denbigh in it's day. Then made my way to the main part. As I manouvered my way over exposed beams and collapsed floors I did manage to get a few decent pics, well ones that I am happy with anyway. I did have a really close call when I was walking backwards to take a shot and felt nothing under my foot when I went to put it on the floor. Could have been interesting! Did see another group of people and scared the fuck outta them as they were wandering through, hiding behind walls and making noises. I found it funny anyway. Not a bad day, the place is shot to shit but like I say a good few bits to capture and at least I got to see it Probably the best pic I took The Chapel I loved this little bit, these were in a building next to the mortuary. Probably the most complete room in the whole place! Nearly fell ass over tit here, was a comedy moment! I was too busy checking out the wallpaper I quite liked the fact that out of all the vandalism in this place and how trashed it is, this had been left alone. I don't like it, just saying lol I liked this room, the only one with curtains and they have left a walkway for me haha! An old ward The external. Sorry for so many pics, got a bit snap happy. Thanks for looking.
  3. North Wales Hospital, Denbigh - March 2015 So, I bought a GoPro a few weeks ago and took it out for a test drive recently around North Wales. I captured footage from various locations and i've thrown together a little clip with dodgy music from t'internet for you all to have a look at First time i've using the GoPro editing software and that coupled with a new computer which i don't know how to use, made me want to smash the place up on quite a few occasions over the last few nights. Apologies its 8 mins long but every time i trimmed the video it saved in a unknown location either on my mac or cyberspace. I captured a few Pano's from the top of the Silo thingies and they are shown below. Brace yourself for cheesy Urrrrbex vid...... And see if you can spot Session9 from the top And the two iPhone Panoramics that i took in the video I'll be posting on Youtube from now on so if you like (or need a good laugh at my expense) please subscribe Cheers for looking peeps, and any advice or tips on GoPro/video editing much appreciated
  4. NORTH WALES HOSPITAL, DENBIGH - MARCH 2015 History Designed by architect Thomas Full James to originally accommodate between 60 and 200 patients, the hospital originally had its own farm and gasworks. Planned for closure by Enoch Powell during the 1960s, it was closed in sections from 1991 to 2002. On 22 November 2008, during work to renovate the building site and convert it to apartments and residential properties, the building caught fire; it was later confirmed that the main hall of the hospital was destroyed. Arson was suspected. Currently on the buildings at risk register, planning permission has currently lapsed. In 2011 the building was at risk of collapsing and no action was taken by the owners after an urgent works notice was issued, Denbighshire Council had no choice but to carry out repairs on the building which has reached £930,000 In 2013, Denbighshire Council voted to press ahead with a compulsory purchase order on the building; the council, however, wish to reach an agreement with the owners before taking legal action. An estimated cost of repairing the building is £1 million. The explore Our main attraction of the day proved frustratingly fruitless, but at least we were rewarded with two valuable derping lessons: a) A fully grown man IS capable of fitting through a window opening much SMALLER than he is. Leaving a BBC World News recording on a repeated loop at ear bleeding volume whilst it is being suggested that a flickering TV is on in the next room will do nothing to discourage the more inquisitive. Lazy secca indeed, but it did have us fooled for all of erm, ten minutes . So.. after a castle stop to admire the views of Conwy and a quick look at Stanley Hospital complete with two badly placed workmen, it was off to that old well trodden Denbigh ground. No Elwyn to be found - perhaps he is into his sheep again . Explored in the fine company of Hamtagger. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Stairway to Heaven, or perhaps not, with the anti suicide guard. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. Jimmy Saville seems to be popular in the morgue. 19. 20. 20 and 21 are my personal favorites of the day. 21. Looking towards the nurses home, which (again) is still needed for a wee mooch around. I hope you have enjoyed .
  5. Looks like they're getting into gear for conversion after the compulsory purchase: http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/new-plans-denbighs-former-asylum-8167302 It should include a statue of Elwyn out front, just won't be the same without him
  6. I know this one has been done to death so I'll keep it short. HISTORY The asylum was built between 1844-1848 and housed mentally ill patients from the surrounding North Wales area. It continued to grow in size with various renovations and extensions and by 1956 was able to house in excess of 1500 patients inside the grounds. The main hospital closed in October 1995 after it was no longer required by the NHS and has been left empty ever since. A wide range of treatments were used at the hospital including the use of Sulphur based drugs, Insulin shock treatment, Electro-convulsive treatment and Pre-frontal leucotomy. THE EXPLORE We set off on our road trip with the sun high in the sky however, by the time we arrived in Wales the weather was well and truly bleak with the skies gloomy and the rain giving no sign of letting up. We parked up in the town and made our way into the grounds of the hospital which was easy enough, we started at the chapel making our way to the morgue and then on the rest of the site. Internally its pretty trashed with numerous floors missing or dangerously soft, the main building has no floors whatsoever and its bare apart from its stone walls. We spent nearly 4 hours on site and still only managed 2/3 of the grounds before it started to go dark and unfortunately our super stealth mode must have eluded Elywin as we didn't get the privilege of bumping into him accompanied by the Hound of the Baskervilles. By the time we left we were soaked to the bone but definitely worth the trip, there is so much to see and you could easily spend a full day here and although we didn't see a single soul all afternoon I couldn't shake off the weird unsettling vibe the place seems to give off as we wandered round. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10, 11. 12. Thanks for looking
  7. This is my second visit here but after 4 hours there the last time we still missed quite a lot (And still didn't get into one this time) I went with my nephew (High Tower) the first time and his youngest bro (Matt) wanted to go if we went again. The day didn't start as planned as I was up all night with a bug which had been going around the family, but not wanting to let my nephew down and I wasn't going to drive I decided to go. I was picked up at 6 and including a Mac Breakfast stop we arrived just after 10. We parked up and was walking down a lane when 2 dogs appeared around a corner, then the woman owner, I thought the worse but after a quick "Morning" we carried on and into the place. To get out of sight quick we jumped into the first building we came to and worked our way around the site, we found a couple of new wards and then over to the nurses quarters. Isn't it always the way, we found a entry point where it was a very tight squeeze only to find a much bigger, easier one just further on later. All bar the down stairs in this building being mostly boarded off, all three floors are very much the same so didn't take that many photos. Then it was up to the coal silos, Matt was the first up followed by HT. I am not a great lover of heights and not feeling to good didn't help, but it just had to be done, I was completely knackered time I got to the top and couldn't wait to get back down, so only took a couple or shots. for set here https://www.flickr.com/photos/100221036@N06/sets/72157643530743435/ The view from the top Thanks for looking This was the first of 5 places I had planed for the day and with the next over a hour away we were only here for less than a couple of hours. Goths Chapel coming soon.
  8. This was my second stop for the day, we had already been to Simons Mill (Report soon) and we had arranged with Canonfodder & Jen (Not sure if she has a user name on here) for them to show us around the Great Denbigh Asylum. I don't know what I expected, but the first thing was the lack of graffiti/street art. I know a lot of people don't like it, but I do. We started with the Church and while Canonfodder and my nephew (I will call him HT (High Tower)) climbed the silos, I wondered off and checked the place out. Over the next 4 hours we bumped into each other now and again and other than a couple of young girls with a boy, that is all we saw during that time. Anyway, Big thanks to Canonfodder & Jen for the great tour (Looking forward to your photos and report) and a couple from above by HT hope you enjoy Full set here for mine http://www.flickr.com/photos/100221036@N06/sets/72157639904413246/ and HTs http://www.flickr.com/photos/100221036@N06/sets/72157639916469696/
  9. Legal battle over North Wales Hospital continues http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-25646399
  10. Good Old Denbigh, the history of this hospital has been done many a time, so won't bore you with that. Part of my recent road trip south, I headed here after failing miserably at another site. This being my second visit mainly because I realised once I got home from the last trip that I missed about half the hospital and probably the best parts as well. I enjoyed this trip much better, and had some great company for the day. Big thanks to Revelation Space, Pr0j3ct M4yh3m and his misses, Trooper Travis and about 20 other explorers there. It was one hell of a busy site! Starting of as you do, with the lovely wee chapel and its lovely roof. Moving swiftly onwards. Some proper porn here, revolving door and a nicely coloured stairwell! Still more to come, I can't help myself!!!! Just a couple more I promise!! Ok I lied, really my last two!!! Oh and a superb view over the asylum (Big thanks to Lowri for the idea on this one) Thanks for looking!!
  11. UK Denbigh Asylum, June 2013

    Well we all know this old girl! It only took four and half years to get here, and 2 months to get round to putting up the report! Borrowed from Humpas report (28dayslater) and updated A nice relaxed start to a holiday with the Mrs, and no sign of Beardy :-) No access to admin as it was pretty sealed and stripped. Also, bumped into a couple in there, so they may appear in some shots and I haven't noticed! I apologise for the number of photos, but I liked the original Graff so included several photos More At: North Wales Hospital (Denbigh Asylum) - a set on Flickr
  12. ...North Wales Hospital... ...Denbigh... Designed by architect Carl Johan Aru to originally accommodate between 60 and 200 patients, the building dates back to 1848, and originally had its own farm and gasworks. Planned for closure by Enoch Powell from the 1960s, it was closed in sections from 1991 to 2002. Now derelict, on October 31, 2008, Most Haunted did a live series, The Village of the Damned on location in the North Wales Hospital which spanned over the course of a week. The producers of the show were criticized by residents of Denbigh for slurs against the town and the hospital. On 22 November 2008, during work to renovate the building site and convert it to apartments and residential properties, the building caught fire; it was later confirmed that the main hall of the hospital was destroyed. Arson is suspected. Currently on the buildings at risk register, planning permission has currently lapsed, while Denbighshire Council are planning urgent repairs and to bill the current owners/developers. After an aborted attempt to meet up with the SO'CC on the final leg of their Welsh jolly, I ended up here... One of the first big sites I did last year, but with no camera 1st time round I was always keen to get back and get some pix... No sign of 'beardy' or the psycho security crew who were in residence when we were last here, turned out to be a really relaxed mooch... Thanks for lookin...
  13. Sadly I didn't see the living legend that is Elwyn but I did hear someone walking around outside with what sounded like a rather large dog going from the barking. I had one job on for the day that was in Ruthin and as the only other thing that is nearby is Pool Park and I was in there a month or so ago I decided to see how bad things had got at Denbigh in the last couple of years I was surprised at how fucked it is, the demo/restoration work has trashed the place And here is a video of how the place was before it became a complete derp . .
  14. i was here a few weeks ago and never saw the bearded one, the main building has been stripped and all the floors removed. i don't know when it happened but i hadn't seen anything on it! so was a little gutted but on with the photos stripped main building off the silo roof
  15. Denbigh

    You all know the history, superb place! Shame about Beardy trying to shove me and my friends in the Most haunted padded cell and threatening us with his dog! My mates ass got bitten by the blighter too!
  16. Another instalment and the last site visited on Scattergun's and mine's Englandshire trip. Too end the trip we spent the night with BadBatz (cheers for putting us up again dude) and hit the road early to pick up AltDayOut and to visit the Welsh Sugar Asylum, this was the last stop on our journey. I won't go into the history as it has been done many times before and much better than I could do it justice! This place is HUUUGGGEEEE, we must have spent a good 5 hours here before having to hit the road. On with the pics Thanks for Looking
  17. The North Wales Hospital (locally known as Denbigh Mental) was a hospital for people with psychiatric illnesses located in Denbigh, North Wales. Designed by architect Carl Johan Aru to originally accommodate between 60 and 200 patients, the building dates back to 1848, and originally had its own farm and gasworks. Planned for closure by Enoch Powell from the 1960s, it was closed in sections from 1991 to 2002. Anyone who knows me will be aware that I more or less live in this place and probably spend more time here than I do in my own house. I never had the guts to climb up the coal silos until recently due the the awkward way up and the cut off ladder. It was well worth it for the view of the whole hospital site though, here is what I saw:
  18. Denbigh Asylum

    ]A truly stunning exterior, with some beautiful features, and a very scary "security guard" He made his dog bite my friend, he has hired some local teens to walk around the place with rifles to scare off any explorers and is a truly horrible man, I have a video of him threatening me and my friends. Anyway, it's a shame the main hall and morgue slab has gone, but this place is still truly magnificent! There is work being done on this place but if you are very quick you can make it! 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
  19. Denbigh Asylum - 2013

    So we all know this place, if you don't what planet have you been on for the past decade? I thought id take a trip here considering it isnt too far from home and in the past year or so i havent visited any asylums, its in the worst state i have ever seen this palce, and considering its trashed due to the winter taking its natural course its still well worth a look round. visited with LowriJen37, Ibex, Spook and Anoxia Thanks for looking ThisIsMore
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