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    Default Denbigh Asylum, Wales, December 2016


    The History:
    The North Wales Hospital locally known as Denbigh Mental or Denbigh Asylum is a Grade II listed building. Designed by architect Thomas Fulljames, building started in 1844 and completed in 1848. Once a hospital for up to 200 people with psychiatric illnesses, by the early 1900's it housed around 1,500 patients and staff. The hospital originally had its own farm and gasworks. Planned for closure by Enoch Powell during the 1960's, it was closed in sections from 1991 to 1995. On 22 November 2008, during work to renovate the building site and convert it to apartments and residential properties, the building caught fire; it was later confirmed that the main hall of the hospital was destroyed. Arson was suspected at the time.

    Currently on the buildings at risk register, the 2006 planning permission has lapsed. In 2011 the building was at risk of collapsing and no action was taken by the owners after an urgent works notice was issued, Denbighshire Council had no choice but to carry out repairs on the building which reached £939,000. In 2013, Denbighshire Council voted to press ahead with a compulsory purchase order on the building. A three week Public Inquiry on the challenge to the CPO by the owner completed on 20th March, 2015. A new application for planning permission has been submitted by the Princes Regeneration Trust and would be implemented by the North Wales Building Preservation Trust once the CPO is confirmed and the site has been transferred.

    The Explore:
    This place has been well documented in the past. It's looking a bit worse for wear and is now a bit of a death trap. Was passing so thought it was rude not to give the old girl a bit of a look. It's a massive site and access is pretty easy. Was up against the light as dusk wasn't far off so what with the shady nature of the floors and roof I concentrated on external shots given this, the lack of time, light and a tripod. Didn't get up to the outlying site like the chapel and the nurse's quarters and contented myself with the main part of the asylum.

    The Pictures:

    Steps to nowhere:

    img9099bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Hello Denbigh:

    img9013 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Kick down that door:

    img9097 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Twice…

    img9011 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The lookouts:

    img9012 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9018 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9021 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9017 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9024 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9022 by HughieDW, on Flickr
    img9062 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9028 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Pillars of society

    img9016 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Peeling paint:

    img9037 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9035 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9019 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Scales:

    img9038 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Industrial:

    img9039 by HughieDW, on Flickr
    img9042 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9041 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9040 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Knackered:

    img9057 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Very knackered:

    img9020 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9054 by HughieDW, on Flickr



    img9055 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Inside out:

    img9059 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Back view:

    img9049 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Conservatory in need of repair:

    img9043 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9050 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9046 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9044 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Glazier required:

    img9048 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Glazier required 2:

    img9065 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    From the side:

    img9066 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Front elevation from the left:

    img9069 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    What a façade:

    img9090 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9078 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9060 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Tower of power:

    img9061 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9086 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Not too sure what that date is:

    img9087 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Nice crest:

    img9088 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    …and another:

    img9075 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9063 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Gotta love rusting railings:

    img9083 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Reinforcements:

    img9076 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Nice entrance:

    img9093 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Sheff graff:

    img9094 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Majestic in decay:

    img9095 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Bye bye Denbigh:

    img9101bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Thanks for looking!


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    The date in roman numerals is 1948, seems a little off?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by krela View Post
    The date in roman numerals is 1948, seems a little off?!
    100 years too late innit?

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    I enjoyed that hughie, you have taken some cracking photos.

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    Sorry it is 1848. I don't even know what I was thinking. Durrr.

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    Keep meaning to go here I only live 10 mile away.

    Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk

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    Great photography, I liked the captions, Most Enjoyable, Thanks
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    Nice set mate. Like the lookouts. Putting Elwyn out of a job

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    Fab report and pics

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    That's a good report. Looks like the crest is lasting longer than the building. Is that a new roof? Image 9095.
    When the going gets tough - the tough get going.

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