- Mar 15, 2013
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NORTH WALES HOSPITAL, DENBIGH - MARCH 2015
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 Â£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 Â£1 million.
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.
B) 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.
13. Stairway to Heaven, or perhaps not, with the anti suicide guard.
18. Jimmy Saville seems to be popular in the morgue.
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 .