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    History

    Constructed between 1844-1848, the hospital served as a refuge for Welsh-speaking mental patients. Originally designed to accommodate about 200 patients, it was expanded to alleviate overcrowding in 1899 and eventually was home to as many as 1500 patients.
    More than 20 patients were selected for prefrontal lobotomy treatments between 1942 and 1944 at the hospital, with one patient dying from the controversial procedure.



    Lobotomies, which consisted of the removal of parts of the brain, began to be routinely carried out in the 1930s as a supposed treatment for those considered insane - but the barbaric practice was stopped two decades later with the introduction of antipsychotic medicines.

    The once eloquent and imposing building was built in 1848 and designed by architect Thomas Full James. It was designated for closure by MP Enoch Powell in 1960 and was finally shut for good in 1995.


























    Thanks for looking!

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    When did you visit?
    Are these post the fire?
    I was thinking of going for a look and wondered if itís still worth a visit

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    I went about two weeks ago mate and that I think is the most recent fire there! It won’t be about for long so try go mate! It’s worth looking I’d say but there’s plenty of places around there as well the over spill for Denbigh isn’t that far!

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