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Climb ~ Pool Park Asylum

Josephine Pugh

Ware, United Kingdom

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Totally thrilled: sold to Dutch media, January 2012!

The beautifully atmospheric Pool Park in Ruthin, North Wales, an abandoned mental asylum. The staircase in this derelict building was simply stunning.

Pool Park House was once owned by Sir Walter Bagot, a prominent Staffordshire barrister, and was rebuilt in its current incarnation between 1826-1829 as a residence for the second Lord Bagot. After eventually being sold to the Tate family (of Tate & Lyle), it was acquired by the North Wales Counties Mental Hospital and opened in 1937 to accommodate 87 patients for relief of overcrowding at the much larger Denbigh Asylum. Its official designation was as a psychiatric convalescent home, and eventually closed in 1990.

A selection of my images from abandoned places

Featured in ‘Urbex: A Hazardous Addiction’, March 2011.

Featured in ‘The Secret Society’, March 2011.

Featured in ‘Split Tone Black & White’, March 2011.

Featured in ‘The Woman Photographer’, March 2011.

Featured in ‘Stairs, Steps and Staircases’, March 2011.

Featured in ‘Deepest, Darkest Fears’, April 2011.

Artwork Comments

  • Nikki Smith
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  • Richard Pitman
  • Matthew Pugh
  • Andrew Paranavitana
  • Carol Knudsen
  • sketchesofcoop
  • Alenka Co
  • Trish Woodford
  • Josephine Pugh
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