Featured in Dilapidated Buildings 12/3/13

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

1/4 sec @ f6.3 ISO 400

HDR from a single image,edited in Photomatix Pro with added textures


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  • Kelvin Hughes
    Kelvin Hughesover 3 years ago

  • dabadac
    dabadacover 3 years ago

    nice frame ………………………….

  • Thanks for your kind comment

    – Kelvin Hughes

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 3 years ago

    Stunning work Kelvin, wonderful texture and colour!!…they must have been daunting indeed.

  • Hi Kate, thanks for your comment,

    – Kelvin Hughes

  • kenmatcham
    kenmatchamover 3 years ago

    Excellent image Kelvin

  • Hi Ken, thanks for your comment,

    – Kelvin Hughes

  • John44
    John44over 3 years ago

    What a terrific shot Kelvin! Every detail is perfectly shown!!!
    Good story to !

  • Thanks for your kind comment,John

    – Kelvin Hughes

  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Darover 3 years ago

    Very beautiful work here

  • Thank you Bobby

    – Kelvin Hughes

  • JaninesWorld
    JaninesWorldover 3 years ago

    Why are you loitering around spookie places like this Kelvin???? I would be rather scared if I was there. Nice shot mate! Gives me the shivers though lol xxx

  • Cheers dear, I really wish I could have had access a few years ago, so much of the characher of the place has now gone (as in been stolen)

    – Kelvin Hughes

  • Svetlana Sewell
    Svetlana Sewellover 3 years ago

    Great work!

  • Many thanks ’Lana

    – Kelvin Hughes

  • Kerry  Hill
    Kerry Hillover 3 years ago

    A wonderful composition and great textures Kelvin, nice work!

  • Thanks for your kind comment Kerry

    – Kelvin Hughes

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 3 years ago

    Excellent..I love this…
    I would just love to get inside a place like this…For photography purposes of course;-)

  • Thanks Jason,its past its best now I’m afraid

    – Kelvin Hughes

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