Eyes ~ Pool Park Asylum

Josephine Pugh

Ware, United Kingdom

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The windows left exposed after the boarding-up process at the end of the corridor look to me like eyes staring straight at you…

Pool Park House in Ruthin, Wales, 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 ‘Tunnel Vision’, March 2011.

Featured in ‘Touched by Fire’, May 2011.

Featured in the ‘Touched by Fire’ blog, May 2011.

A closer view here.

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