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The North Wales Hospital Denbigh,

The first custom built Lunatic Asylum in Wales

The hospital was built between 1846 and 1848 and was built due to poor publicity about the appalling treatment Welsh people suffering from serious mental illnesses who were forced to seek treatment in English asylums. Joseph Ablett, a local landowner, donated the original 20 acres of land for the hospital complex in about 1842. The buildings are now surrounded by 126 acres of wooded, landscaped grounds. Plans for it were laid in 1842 and building actually commenced in September 1844. It was the first mental hospital to be built in Wales.

A series of walled garden enclosures were constructed within the shelter of the U-shape, where gender-segregated inmates were required to take daily exercise.

An extension to the Hospital in 1867 closed the open rear of the U-shaped main building and provided two twin-bayed wards to either side. Further extensions and new building works were carried out between 1903 and 1908. Additional ward accommodation was built in 1956, when the Hospital reached its peak capacity of 1,500 patients and there were further additions, links and extensions constructed until the closure announcement in 1987.

The hospital finally closed in 1995.

Since its closure it has fallen into a state of severe dis-repair and now is almost beyond saving, almost every bit of brass, copper and lead has been stripped from the building,causing ingress of rainwater and flooding, to such an extent that the upper floors are now too dangerous to venture up, many of the ceilings and floors have collapsed onto those below.

I was fortunate to be allowed access to the building recently, I wish I could have photographed here a few years ago, when more of the character of the building still remained.

Technical Details
Nikon D200
Tamron 28-300 zoom
Available Light

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Comments

  • Svetlana Sewell
    Svetlana Sewellover 4 years ago

    Great shot Kelvin, lovely mono!

  • Thank you Svetlana

    – Kelvin Hughes

  • Catherine Wood
    Catherine Woodover 4 years ago

    It looks so desolate, Kelvin, such a sense of emptiness. Good shot.

  • Thank you Catherine, it certainly is a lonely place now

    – Kelvin Hughes

  • Helen Martikainen
    Helen Martikainenover 4 years ago

    Great shot. Love the mood in the photo

  • Thank you Helen

    – Kelvin Hughes

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 4 years ago

    Excellent mono Kelvin!! – this picture is haunting!!

  • Thank you Kate, appreciated

    – Kelvin Hughes

  • David's Photoshop
    David's Photoshopover 4 years ago

    Full of drama and mood, well done Kelvin.

    David

  • Thanks very much David

    – Kelvin Hughes

  • kenmatcham
    kenmatchamover 4 years ago

    Excellent work Kelvin, a fav

  • Thanks Ken and for the fav

    – Kelvin Hughes

  • Gary Gurr
    Gary Gurrover 4 years ago

    Simple and superb!

  • Thank you very much Gary

    – Kelvin Hughes

  • foppe47
    foppe47over 4 years ago

    Wonderfully done
    Foppe

  • Thank you Foppe

    – Kelvin Hughes

  • John44
    John44over 4 years ago

    Great eye Kelvin
    simplicity rules!

  • Thanks John appreciated

    – Kelvin Hughes

  • Kelvin Hughes
    Kelvin Hughesover 4 years ago

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