Briefly Denbigh Asylum aka The North Wales Hospital was completed and opened in 1848 to accommodate the Welsh paupers who were reportedly receiving poor treatment in comparably English Lunatic Asylums.
In terms of treatment Denbigh is know for having used various treatment methods commonly associated with hospitals of this nature, including but not limited to Malarial treatment, Insulin Shock treatment, Sulphur based drugs, Cardiazol, Electro-Convulsive Treatment (ECT) and Pre-frontal leucotomy operations aka Lobotomy operations.
Closure of the site was first announce in 1960, however it was a long while after this before the doors finally closed in 1995 4 years after Pool Park hospital which was purchased by North Wales hospital and administered by the same team.
The weather was great… until it rained, and other than loosing several memory cards from my bag it was a pretty successful trip :). Visited with Travis and Donna also meeting up with our friend from north of the boarder Stussy! Highlight for me was catching the light just right on the admin block to get some sun flare from the fisheye :). I cant say I’m a huge fan of the new roof on the admin block but from close up its not too visible. Looking from ground level the workman ship and design appears to be poor to me but I’m no building surveyor… On with the Photos…
Denbigh Asylum July 2010 First Visit
Denbigh Asylum Jan 2012 Revisit
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Hi your photos are amazing, I went into there in 2010 took so many pictures but my camera was stolen with the memory card while I was abroad… Devastated, I drove past yesterday they are removing asbestos now I think, I do remember a pic I had which was of a poster reading “laughter is the best medicine” , I’d love to go back in someday
Hi suzanne thanks for the comment and kind words about my photos! Denbigh is a beautiful building, ive been several times now and would happily go back again! So sorry about you having your camera and memory card stolen that must have been awful! Alot of the strip out works have been completed but there is probably still plenty of asbestos to remove.
Kind regards and I hope you get back there some day!
Hi is it possible to visit this site to take photos for my sons school project? It’s looks amazing!
Its hit and miss Dale, plus the site can be quite dangerous so if you do decide to take your son please be careful where you step and look into the potential hazards of the site. Access wise it is private land and not accessible to the public but if you are persistent I’m sure you’ll find your way into the grounds 🙂