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Denbigh Asylum, Wales, December 2016

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HughieD

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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:

30809626104_7edbc9eb4f_b.jpgimg9099bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

Hello Denbigh:

31615952166_114d8a4be6_b.jpgimg9013 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Kick down that door:

31651028445_3eacf3b02a_b.jpgimg9097 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Twice…

30840296023_e2e111c029_b.jpgimg9011 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The lookouts:

30840386073_bd2af0fe0a_b.jpgimg9012 by HughieDW, on Flickr

30811049204_4c351082e9_b.jpgimg9018 by HughieDW, on Flickr

31652227515_8e47f96779_b.jpgimg9021 by HughieDW, on Flickr

31279916680_103e746f3d_b.jpgimg9017 by HughieDW, on Flickr

30810866754_8a62a78ae8_b.jpgimg9024 by HughieDW, on Flickr

31506072082_0461a583b1_b.jpgimg9022 by HughieDW, on Flickr
30810204984_4d7c9dcb65_b.jpgimg9062 by HughieDW, on Flickr

30810821394_c51da13797_b.jpgimg9028 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Pillars of society

31279938450_52d18ce178_b.jpgimg9016 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Peeling paint:

30810762404_f8976bc612_b.jpgimg9037 by HughieDW, on Flickr

30842256093_a45fab17ce_b.jpgimg9035 by HughieDW, on Flickr

31279798920_8c5ab1f5de_b.jpgimg9019 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Scales:

31615532446_588549a521_b.jpgimg9038 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Industrial:

31536341301_a6777877b6_b.jpgimg9039 by HughieDW, on Flickr
31536228181_f66934eb98_b.jpgimg9042 by HughieDW, on Flickr

31536262191_91dd43dcd3_b.jpgimg9041 by HughieDW, on Flickr

31279540170_016c2a26c4_b.jpgimg9040 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Knackered:

31615042616_e5b41ffdef_b.jpgimg9057 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Very knackered:

31506149262_827957f477_b.jpgimg9020 by HughieDW, on Flickr

31651691245_9f897236da_b.jpgimg9054 by HughieDW, on Flickr

31279169470_ce7b3a6e40_b.jpgimg9055 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Inside out:

30810288154_b299721bb4_b.jpgimg9059 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Back view:

31505639152_e0b86156fc_b.jpgimg9049 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Conservatory in need of repair:

31651920195_489a7e62d5_b.jpgimg9043 by HughieDW, on Flickr

31651748515_ab9798e14c_b.jpgimg9050 by HughieDW, on Flickr

31651872835_0b8ee04358_b.jpgimg9046 by HughieDW, on Flickr

31279416870_cf9b1d9bb3_b.jpgimg9044 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Glazier required:

31279342660_f8a851c7b8_b.jpgimg9048 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Glazier required 2:

30810144784_8919124350_b.jpgimg9065 by HughieDW, on Flickr

From the side:

31614836576_fa1d45a037_b.jpgimg9066 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Front elevation from the left:

31614800436_aa44429f59_b.jpgimg9069 by HughieDW, on Flickr

What a façade:

31504999062_f4d185e792_b.jpgimg9090 by HughieDW, on Flickr

31505158262_9d7f01663b_b.jpgimg9078 by HughieDW, on Flickr

30810254074_662c08e084_b.jpgimg9060 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Tower of power:

31505403332_00427809c1_b.jpgimg9061 by HughieDW, on Flickr

31278702790_3e2a328392_b.jpgimg9086 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Not too sure what that date is:

30809890084_451646a287_b.jpgimg9087 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Nice crest:

30809861604_cac0b097ca_b.jpgimg9088 by HughieDW, on Flickr

…and another:

31614732616_0179fc1a9d_b.jpgimg9075 by HughieDW, on Flickr

31535724051_6ce06a5617_b.jpgimg9063 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Gotta love rusting railings:

31278764300_07ccf6b6e7_b.jpgimg9083 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Reinforcements:

31614715106_77b44c36e5_b.jpgimg9076 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Nice entrance:

31504971182_ba9a34f426_b.jpgimg9093 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Sheff graff:

31614458506_e0bb52cab6_b.jpgimg9094 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Majestic in decay:

30841158703_80b33783d0_b.jpgimg9095 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Bye bye Denbigh:

31536805481_e7411b648a_b.jpgimg9101bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

Thanks for looking!
 
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joe roberts

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

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Nice set mate. Like the lookouts. Putting Elwyn out of a job :)
 

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great to see external shots from here as nearly everyone who goes takes internal shots, must say the exterior is far more stunning than the inside which has long since had it.
 

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Nice pictures.
Never managed to get here and it's looking a bit fooked now but nice to see it again.
Thanks for sharing.
 

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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.

The council ordered emergency works done on the place because of the complete lack of care and willing shown by the owners to do anything. The entire interior of the main frontal building was gutted of everything - not even any floors left - and the roof was replaced to stop it collapsing in on itself, so it can be used in whatever eventually happens to the place.
 

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That's a great report hughie.loved them step rails.glad you managed to get here
 

joe roberts

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Shame really nice listed building. Looking at it I'd say it'll get knocked down in the end.

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Great photos - we were in Wales about 2 years ago and managed to get some good photos. It is a beauty of a place, such a shame about the deterioration!

May have to get over there over the next couple of months, but it's a good 2-3 hours away from us!
 

HughieD

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Great photos - we were in Wales about 2 years ago and managed to get some good photos. It is a beauty of a place, such a shame about the deterioration!

May have to get over there over the next couple of months, but it's a good 2-3 hours away from us!

Cheers man. Aye...looks like you have to make the same journey as I did!
 
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