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North Wales Hospital, Denbighshire - March 2015

hamtagger

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North Wales Hospital AKA Denbigh Asylum



The Explore

I couldn’t do a tour around Wales without calling into to see this one. After already being awake for a long time i’m not even sure what time we arrived or indeed when we left but myself and Session9 had a good few hours in here, which has indeed fallen into a pretty bad state of repair and looks to have had a good kicking over the last couple of years. That being said it’s still a beautiful example architecturally of one of the few remaining asylums left in the UK and some nice original features can be seen if you look past the destruction, the most impressive being the beautiful wooden beamwork in the chapel. Didn’t see another soul in the place including Elwyn, seems like he’s let the place go finally...

The History

(stolen as usual from Session9 :D )

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 Pictures

1. A few externals...



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13. Floorless...

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14. The old switcherooo..



15. I really liked this area, and almost missed it but was re-directed back thankfully by S9..



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19. Mortuary Stump..



20. This little chapel is the gem of Denbigh in my opinion...



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As always, thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated (y)


 

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Wow, what a great set HT :)

You've captured the place beautifully and gives a real feel of the place with the wide angled pano's.

It took me ages to write that history, don't let anyone else pinch it :lol:

 

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Wow, what a great set HT :) You've captured the place beautifully and gives a real feel of the place with the wide angled pano's.

It took me ages to write that history, don't let anyone else pinch it :lol:
Hahaha thanks mate! Was a cracking day (y) You forgot to put the copyright symbol on the history :D

I love this mate, cracking pics ��:comp
Cheers mate! (y)

Thats a beaut report is that :)
Thanks Lara! Glad you liked it (y)

 

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Cool set there mate, well done on finding that mural, hardly seen anyone else posting that for some reason. Also... that Elwy sign made me LOL. Surely he can't have left, his friends are in there right?

 

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Cool set there mate, well done on finding that mural, hardly seen anyone else posting that for some reason. Also... that Elwy sign made me LOL. Surely he can't have left, his friends are in there right?

Cheers mate! Yeah that mural is located in a bit of a dodgy floor area so a few people might be put off getting to it, but i'm a mug haha! No sign of Elwyn at all which surprised me, I think Session9 made friends with a few wooly friends though while i was bumming about on the silos :D

Yeah i've seen that vid lol, i had the gopro on standby just in case :)

 

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Spot on mate, cracking set(y) The floor less shots are cool and I really like 17, great angle on that one. Nice pano's of the chapel also bud. Looks like you lads had a good'un.

 

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Thanks mate! Glad you liked them, was a nice little wander and nice to check off the list :)

 

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Its a hard one to capture as in such a state done a cracking job there mate :beer2:

 

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Yeah, it took a while to sort through all the mayhem pics but i'm glad i got a few that people might like looking at. Cheers :beer2:

 

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Fantastic place, is it me or does this place summon you to come and see it? i love it and want to go but heard access isnt easy so its a case if exercise caution i guess! im coming from east anglia thetford so id rather not waste a trip but even to stand by the main gates would be great.

Awesume show SK

 

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Fantastic place, is it me or does this place summon you to come and see it? i love it and want to go but heard access isnt easy so its a case if exercise caution i guess! im coming from east anglia thetford so id rather not waste a trip but even to stand by the main gates would be great.Awesume show SK
Access is easy here mate a million ways in, usually through the front door. Just watch out for the bearded fella he might not be happy to see you

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Awesome report mate! (y) I've not been on here in a while. I need to get my fix soon. It's been ages since I've been out.

 

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Cracking shots, especially #12! Shame its so knackered but worth a visit for the externals I suppose

 
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