A warm corner of the asylum. This day room had a beautiful, wistful feel to it, perhaps because of the floral wallpaper that clung on dearly in some parts.
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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 ‘Art Universe’, June 2011.