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Hi guys... Denbigh Asylum - you've all doubtless been there, seen it, done it. Well so have we now... at least most of it, because we couldn't get near the front wing of the building and the oh so inviting clock tower because of the demo team working on site. It's really getting dropped very quickly so if you're going to go take a look I suggest you do it sooner, not later.

I didn't know about the nasty man with his pet bear but he wasn't around when we were there. Having said that we did get shouted at very aggresively when we were in one of the corridors. You'd think that meant we'd been spotted but we walked right past a workman with his back turned to us and he hadn't a clue; neither were we followed. accosted or yelled at further. So we left the asylum wondering if we'd imagined it!

No history here... no point, everyone knows about this place, especially after Most Fraudulent (Haunted) Live paid a visit a couple of years back... suffice it to say it's a big asylum and it's still got a lot to captivate the imagination, not least what we took to be isolation cells in one area.

And I really would like to know who "Ginger" is and if he/she ever made it into office :lol: Answers on a postcard please!

The first ward right next to our point of entry...

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One floor higher and another ward...

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The distant clock tower which we could not get to because a demo team were working between us and the front part of the site precventing us crossing...

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Fuse box...

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Beautiful lime stone brick work...

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Just occasionally the decor has survived the damp and chavvery so then you can easily imagine how it once was...

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Shameless self portrait time - but in view of some of the recent postings I kept my t*ts and ass covered for those amongst you with a sensitive disposition :lol:

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Gloomy and oppressive...

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Some parts of the asylum still look magnificent...

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I wonder if this brickwork was the original finish but then it was plastered over? It looks pretty enough to have been a feature...

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Part of a mosaic in what appears to have been a reception area...

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The old revolving doors in the same area...

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Stairs lead off from the reception area with some serious glass ware. I'm not sure the H&S Nazis would allow this feature nowadays!

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Asylum or nick? :lol:

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Decay...

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A much brighter, airy ward... I wonder why they weren't all like this?

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Beautiful architecture...

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Was this doll a substitute child for a female patient?

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So did Ginger ever get elected? I hope not if this is what she does to buiildings!

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Not all the wards are wide open spaces. here a big ward is partitioned off into several smaller spaces.

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I've seen record players in several asylum and hospital sites. Reminds me of "One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest".

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Not much privacy with these curtains!

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The NHS don't appear to attach much importance to the security of documentation. This is just one of several documents we saw. At least this one isn't sensitive...

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Ornate tile work...

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Demolition...

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The chapel interior stripped bare...



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The mortuary autopsy room, minus table...

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Cold store!

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We hope you found something worth looking at here. Enjoy Denbigh whilst you can because there won't be much left soon! :mad:


Our full photo set from Denbigh is on line through the link below...
 
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I enjoyed your report.

The chapel ceiling is lovely!

Glad you didn't bump into beardy!
 

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Sad to see bits of it coming down, so glad I got to climb the clocktower of death - most dangerous thing I've ever done!
 

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Glad you didn't bump into beardy!

What's the low down on this individual then? I assume he's either the owner or security? Is he a thump first ask questions later?

Sad to see bits of it coming down, so glad I got to climb the clocktower of death - most dangerous thing I've ever done!

balls of steel clearly!!!:)
 

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What's the low down on this individual then? I assume he's either the owner or security? Is he a thump first ask questions later?

He's more a 'set the dog on you first, tell you to fuck off later' kind of person...

I wish I'd videod going up the clocktower, it was incredible.
 

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even though its getting worse i still think this place is worth a little visit it would have been such a nice building to see just after it closed :), good stuff mate :)
 

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It's actually still really good but it's very difficult to get to the admin block now because the hall and theatre are gone so you have to cross a wide open space and with demo on site that's a no no. But it will all be gone soon the rate they are dropping it.
 

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It's actually still really good but it's very difficult to get to the admin block now because the hall and theatre are gone so you have to cross a wide open space and with demo on site that's a no no. But it will all be gone soon the rate they are dropping it.

That's sad really yet another interesting site gone :(
 

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They can't demolish everything because historically it's one of the most important buildings in Wales as well as being II* listed, the admin/front block will be most likely stripped to a shell and rebuilt inside in conversion.
 

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It's actually still really good but it's very difficult to get to the admin block now because the hall and theatre are gone so you have to cross a wide open space and with demo on site that's a no no. But it will all be gone soon the rate they are dropping it.

They aren't demolishing it, its just a demo company doing the work on the place, as elected and hired by Denbighshire County Council. They are making the main listed building weather-proof before winter sets in. New roof, windows etc, getting rid of asbestos and dry rot etc. There are no other plans as of yet (not that have been made public anyway)
 

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They aren't demolishing it, its just a demo company doing the work on the place, as elected and hired by Denbighshire County Council. They are making the main listed building weather-proof before winter sets in. New roof, windows etc, getting rid of asbestos and dry rot etc. There are no other plans as of yet (not that have been made public anyway)


Hells teeth! It makes a change to hear something approaching good news with regard to these sites, especially after "mysterious fires" etc. Thanks for putting us right.
 

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Wow, the demo team seem to be more enthusiastic than ever! Good you got to see this place. Great place to explore and kinda creepy (in a good, edgey kind of way) although I founf the locals perhaps somewhat creepier!

Nice one,

-0xy
 

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the main issue is with dry rot on sites like that you have to remove all the offending wood in the area as its spreads by mold hence them poss taking some of the roofs down and the manic destruction
 

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