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  1. Didnt think I would bother doing LLuesty but nowt else to do was quite eerie with the rain and the wind though! Workhouse is well under way with development lots of builders on site and now probly not worth a look
  2. History “Lluesty served the people of Holywell very well over the years, but we’ve got a brand new hospital now†(Mrs Saunders, former ward sister). Lluesty Hospital, located approximately 1km from the town centre, was constructed between 1838 and 1840, by Thomas Hughes of Liverpool. It was designed by John Welch, the architect of St. Asaph and Surveyor to the Guardians, and was originally built as a workhouse for the Union of 14 parishes. The Poor Law Commission sanctioned the expenditure of approximately £6,200 to have the buildings erected, with the intention that it would house over 400 inmates. Originating from the Poor Law Act of 1388, workhouses in England and Wales offered those who were unable to support themselves accommodation and employment. The layout of Lluesty conformed to a standard workhouse grid plan; a cruciform or ‘square’ layout with separate accommodation wings and courtyards for both men and women. To the rear of the site, a central three-story range connected to the central supervisory hub which had several observation windows that gave a clear view over each of the inmates’ yards. A number of other buildings were constructed on the site from the 1860s through to 1902, including a chapel. Traditionally, any life inside a workhouse was harsh, and inmates would be employed on non-skilled tasks, such as breaking stones, crushing bones for fertilizer or picking oakum using a large metal nail. However, by 1930 these buildings were abolished by law, and the old workhouses became refuges for the elderly and sick. A year earlier, in 1929, legislation was passed which allowed local authorities to take over these sites, to convert them into municipal hospitals; so, after 1930, many of the former workhouses, including Lluesty, began to serve the public in a much different way. By 1948, Lluesty, and a number of other Public Assistance Institutions became part of the National Health Service. Subsequently, Lluesty became known as Lluesty General Hospital. Unfortunately, disaster struck in the 1960s when a fire swept through an entire ward, killing twenty one immobile patients. Although the hospital recovered from this tragedy, it eventually closed in 2008 when the nearby Holywell Community Hospital opened. After its closure it was rumoured that the entire site would be redeveloped into eight three bedroom town houses, twenty six apartments and twelve three bedroom terrace houses, but such plans never went ahead. Lluesty Hospital was later sold at an auction in London for approximately £275,000, and subsequent proposals estimated that seventy houses could be constructed on the 7.4 acre site. Once again, however, no redevelopment was ever initiated. The last assessment of the site was conducted sometime in 2013, by the Archaeological Building Recording Services, to decide whether any historic research would be carried out. While there were some significant findings, concerns were raised over the rapidly deteriorating state of Lluesty’s buildings owing to years of neglect and vandalism. Our Version of Events Lluesty was the last explore of our trip. We had intended to have a crack at it the previous day, but since we’d manged to burn through most of our daylight hours in Cornist Hall, we decided to leave the hospital until morning. After a half-decent night’s sleep overlooking the River Dee, and a quick shit stop at the local coffee spot, we headed there straight away. By now an extreme case of CBA-ness was setting in amongst the group, so we had to act quickly before all motivation disappeared entirely. Access onto the grounds was disappointingly easy, and that instantly lowered the general mood even further, so a couple of us decided to convince the others that the only way inside the main building to the left was via an old lift shaft. Everyone queued quite orderly, in a traditionally British fashion, waiting their turn to enter the lift and climb through a small hatch on the roof. One by one we all scrambled up, enjoying our new imaginative entry-point that looked a lot less like an open door. Ten minutes or so later, with everyone feeling a little more awake and satisfied about the explore, and life in general, wet set off to wander around Lluesty Hospital. For the most part, the buildings are entirely stripped, and there’s not an awful lot to see, but there was still something about it – perhaps its extensive history – that kept our interest. Some of the more notable parts of the site perhaps include the old chapel, the original workhouse buildings, the vegetable preparation area and the ‘no admittance room’ that looked a bit like food storage area crossed with a morgue. We spend a couple of hours having a good look around the site, until we ran out of interesting things to look at. After that we decided to call it a day and get back to the safety of northern England. After a few awesome days it was time to go home, especially since most of us had work the next day and we were still in Wales. The final leg of the journey was arduous and dull, and filled with failed explores and missed opportunities, but that’s the nature of this sort of thing I guess: you win some, you lose some. Explored with Ford Mayhem, Meek-Kune-Do, The Hurricane, Box and Husky. 1: Lluesty Hospital 2: The Lift Hatch 3: The Corridor of Doors 4: The General State of the Building 5: Old Lamps 6: Former Ward with Curtain Rails in Situ 7: The Fire Exit 8: Intact Toilets for a Change 9: Peely Staircase 10: Urine Sample Case 11: Ambulances Only 12: Corridor in one of the Newer Sections 13: The 'No Admittance Room' 14: Storage Space 15: Body Count 16: Service Lift 17: Getting Lost 18: The Vegetable Preparation Area 19: Food Storage Space 20: Outside - Trying to Find the Old Workhouse Buildings 21: The Workhouse Buildings 22: Staff or Doctors Room 23: One of the Old Courtyards 24: The Main Reception Area 25: Inside the Chapel 26: The Front of the Main Building 27: Another Original Courtyard 28: The Boiler House 29: Boiler Room 30: Valve Closed
  3. Visited this rather sorry looking hospital with woopashoopaa, Telf & vulex was the second place of the day. Not a lot so see pretty much stripped out but was in the area so popped in for a nosey. So on with a few pictures and history... Under an Amendment Act set in 1834 all parishes in Wales and England were grouped together into Poor Law Unions. Each Poor Law Union had to provide a place where people who were unable to support themselves could live and work, known as the workhouse. Because of this Lluesty Hospital was erected during 1839 by the Holywell Poor Law Union. In 1965 the north side became the Hollywell community hospital which operated for 43 years before being closed in 2008. The site has its own on-site parish designed by a proclaimed local architect in 1883-4 and was a feature of the site for many years (though now much of the flourish is covered by boards!). Upon its closure the site was owned by NHS Wales and was sold at auction in 2011 with full planning for 69 dwellings for the seemingly low figure of £275,000. The buyers are said to have sold the North half of the site within a few months of ownership for an “undisclosed amount†presumably making a quick profit!
  4. Sweet day out in Wales today Visited with Raz & FatPanda Bit of History; Holywell Union workhouse was erected in 1838-40 at the south of Holywell and was designed by John Welch. The Poor Law Commissioners authorised an expenditure of £6,200 on its construction which was to accommodate 400 inmates. The workhouse design followed the popular cruciform or "square" layout with separate accommodation wings for the different classes of inmate (male/female, infirm/able-bodied etc.) radiating from a central hub. To the rear, a central three-storey range connected to the central supervisory hub who observation windows gave a clear view over all the inmates yards. The main accommodation blocks ran north and south and had cross-wings at each end. In 1930, the workhouse passed into local council control and became a Public Assistance Institution. In 1948, the former workhouse became part of the National Health Services as Lluesty General Hospital. In the final years Lluesty was used to provide geriatric care up until its closure in 2008 when the towns new community hospital opened. In Febuary 2011 it was sold to developers for £275.000. The site is allocated for a development of 70 houses but as the original work houses and chapel are grade II listed, they cannot be demolished. The Explore; Easy 9am start after 2 hours sleep still a little bit pissed we set off for a day in Wales. Enroute to our first location we stumbled across an old hospital, eager to find a somewhat original derp that maybe resembled Denbigh's little brother we clambered over the fence into what looks like the court yard of a prison (and after looking into it, it transpires that it was once used as one ) and the first thing we come across is needles. Lots of them. Now this is normally enough to make me think "hmmm do i really want to be here?" but not today, today i was going to be careful and push on. It turned out to be a rather photogenic little spot! Ruined, but pleasing to the eye. However after aprox 1 hour we decided it was time to make tracks and continue our adventure in Wales. Heres a few more photos; And a couple of funky blue boilers to finish... If you got this far, cheers for looking
  5. what a lovely find this one was, gonna keep this really short as i am using the on screen keyboard haha thanks. thanks guys
  6. Had a day round North Wales afew weeks ago with Urblex, great day as usual mate. This place was the second explore of the day. The place is quite trashed to be honest, reminding me of a mix of Cookridge and Billinge Hospitals. An enjoyable little mooch all in all, worth a look if your in the area. We came across hundreds of needles quite early on during the visit which had us on edge abit. Something to bear in mind for anybody who visits later in the day or early evening. Holywell Union workhouse was erected in 1838-40 at the south of Holywell and was designed by John Welch. The Poor Law Commissioners authorised an expenditure of £6,200 on its construction which was to accommodate 400 inmates. The workhouse design followed the popular cruciform or "square" layout with separate accommodation wings for the different classes of inmate (male/female, infirm/able-bodied etc.) radiating from a central hub. To the rear, a central three-storey range connected to the central supervisory hub who observation windows gave a clear view over all the inmates yards. The main accommodation blocks ran north and south and had cross-wings at each end. In 1930, the workhouse passed into local council control and became a Public Assistance Institution. In 1948, the former workhouse became part of the National Health Services as Lluesty General Hospital. In the final years Lluesty was used to provide geriatric care up until its closure in 2008 when the towns new community hospital opened. In Febuary 2011 it was sold to developers for £275.000. The site is allocated for a development of 70 houses but as the original work houses and chapel are grade II listed, they cannot be demolished. 1 2/3 4 5/6 7 8 9 10/11 12 13 14/15 16 17 18/19 20 21 22/23 Thanks for Looking
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