Denbigh Asylum

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Rolfey

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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.




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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 it’s 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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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!
I worked there mate, I worked in the kitchens from 80- 87, the place was spotless when I worked there, all gardens and lawns well maintained, it ruined the town of Denbigh when it closed, think nearly every family had a member who worked there or knew someone who worked there, shame to see it now, there was an over spill Hospital it was called Pool Park and that’s just outside Ruthin
 

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I worked there mate, I worked in the kitchens from 80- 87, the place was spotless when I worked there, all gardens and lawns well maintained, it ruined the town of Denbigh when it closed, think nearly every family had a member who worked there or knew someone who worked there, shame to see it now, there was an over spill Hospital it was called Pool Park and that’s just outside Ruthin
 

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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.





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Thanks for looking!
Have you stolen my camera !!! LOL you have taken 90% of the same shots as i did.
this was my very first explore , it took me and the mrs close on 5 hours to get around it and we still missed the tunnels !
the week before we got there someone had removed the sliding beds out of the morgue .
the developers have got the go ahead to remodel it now and make 1000's of new jobs .
 

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Now the developers have the go ahead, are they actually doing anything onsite?

It's been years since I was last there but noticed it in a BBC documentary 'Victorian Sensations' episode 2 recently. The continuity was a bit botched - only way the presenter could have got between buildings like that was by flying!
 

2blokes

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sorry but i have no idea to when the work starts.
wales online did a cover about it a few months ago, thats how i found out it has the go ahead.
If i remember correctly the front was going to be shops and flats above them
 

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