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    The North Wales Lunatic Asylum was the first psychiatric institution built in Wales; construction began in 1844 and completed in 1848 in the town of Denbigh. The U-shaped Tudorbethain style hospital was built due to the spreading word of mistreatment of Welsh people in English asylums; The North Wales Hospital would be a haven for welsh speaking residents to seek treatment without prejudice or a language barrier.

    Renovations and extensions were made at the hospital from 1867 until 1956, when the hospital reached its maximum capacity at 1,500 patients living inside her walls and 1,000 staff at hand. Physical treatments such as Cardiazol, malarial treatment, insulin shock treatment, and sulphur based drugs were used and developed in the 1920s and 1930s, and 1941-1942 saw the advent of electro convulsive therapy (ECT) and prefrontal leucotomy (lobotomy) treatments.

    In 1960, Enoch Powell visited the North Wales Hospital, and later announced the "Hospital Plan" for England and Wales, which proposed that psychiatric care facilities be attached to general hospitals and favored community care over institutional settings. This was the beginning of the end for the North Wales Hospital and others like it; in 1987 a ten year strategy to close the hospital was formed. The North Wales Hospital was closed in sections from 1991 to 2002; most notable was the closure of the main hospital building in 1995.

    On July 12, 2004, The Prince of Wales visited the hospital and administered a speech detailing his Phoenix Trust, a historic building trust that prevented the structure from being demolished. The hospital is currently slated to be converted into private homes. Asbestos abatement has started October 2008.

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    Great collection you have there..cant believe you havent had any comments yet..I had to re-read the first part of the history about the Welsh speaking people...never knew that.I presume you live in the area?

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    The hospital isn't called Denbigh is it? :p
    Grand photos, I like the shot near the main entrance with no floor.

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    Fabulous pics, georgie...they make the place look quite different to some of the ones I've seen from there before. Love the black rose on the windowsill and that poem is great. Good stuff. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by klempner69 View Post
    Great collection you have there..cant believe you havent had any comments yet..I had to re-read the first part of the history about the Welsh speaking people...never knew that.I presume you live in the area?
    cheers nahh im from liverpool

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    Quote Originally Posted by lost View Post
    The hospital isn't called Denbigh is it? :p
    Grand photos, I like the shot near the main entrance with no floor.
    the real is the north wales hospital.... denbigh asylum is a nick name i think so depends really lol...cheers for the comment

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    I find it a bit strange that the Welsh asylums end up with tags like 'Talgarth Asylum' and 'Denbigh Asylum' even though they were called nothing of the sort, and no other places suffer the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lost View Post
    I find it a bit strange that the Welsh asylums end up with tags like 'Talgarth Asylum' and 'Denbigh Asylum' even though they were called nothing of the sort, and no other places suffer the same.
    very true apart from whittingham....ive never heard at marys called an asylum aswell funny enough

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    True..in Devizes,we used to work in Roundway hospital,but everyone referred to it as the asylum or nut-house..then we had Pewsey hospital that was also known as an asylum or indeed the loonybin!Isnt the word asylum known as a place of refuge?Guess these places were..my bruv spent some time in Roundway as a teenager...not the nicest of places and I will never forget leaving him there,him looking back at us sadly..

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    Cool shots, you cant beat a sofa chair in the corner of a dank rotting room.
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