Denbigh was fraught with issues even before it was built. Despite a group foreseeing the outcome of the 1844 Lunatic Act and indeed a generous donation of 20 acres of land by Joseph Ablett the finances to build the hospital proved harder to come by. Due mainly to the fact that only one asylum could exist in North Wales many of the surrounding counties did not want to fund the project. As a result of this funds were raise through a series of public subscriptions, including donation from Queen Victoria and other Royals.
Building commenced on the Hospital in 1844. Working to plans provided by Mr Fulljames with guidance from his friend, Dr S. Hitch. Local limestone bricks, produced by the Graig Quarry near Denbigh, were used in its construction and upon its completion in 1848 it was regarded as the finest structure of its type. The clock tower
Several extensions were added to the original hospital the largest was in 1899. This allowed the Hospital to house 1500 patients at its peak and offer a wide range of treatments. The hospital finally closed its doors in 1995 and has been falling apart ever since, a fire claimed its main hall and vandalism can be seen all around the site. It is, much like Talgarth a shell of its former self. The new roof to the main building has, at the very least, prevented the awe inspiring fašade from collapsing like the rest of the site and the builders have removed all the floors in the building.
I am pretty sure I saw Elwyn drive past us just prior to us starting our walk to the site, however we had absolutely no run ins or issues whilst there.
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