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 ‘The Art of Peeling Paint’, April 2011.


pool park, window, sink, light, bathroom, urbex, asylum, jopugh1978, abandoned, derelict

A photograph is a trace of its subject. The viewer and the image belong to each other. Capturing these traces is a passion, an obsession for me. I hope the thrill comes through in my images.

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  • hologram
    hologramover 3 years ago

    brilliant, can I join the next vsit :-)

  • trueblvr
    trueblvrover 3 years ago

    Fabulous work here. It is something to read that it was opened until as recently as 1990

  • Alixzandra
    Alixzandraover 3 years ago

    Great moody image, love the natural lighting. It has been featured this week in The Art of Peeling Paint

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  • Michele Filoscia
    Michele Filosciaover 3 years ago

    Awesome contrasts. A beautiful b/w pic !

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