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Report - Denbigh Asylum, Jan 2010

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by 54Strat, Feb 17, 2010.

  1. 54Strat

    54Strat 28DL Full Member
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    As the history is well known about this place, here's some notes about the design that are quite interesting..

    The brief for the architect Thomas Full James, appointed to design the building was complicated and required a great deal of thought and ingenuity. He had to, first of all separate, males and females and within each gender he had to separate First class patients with superior accommodation from Second class with less comfortable accommodation and from Pauper or Parish patients with basic accommodation. Also in each gender he had to keep epileptic patients and violent patients separate from the rest. He also had to provide separate airing courts for them all. He needed to find rooms for Officers and Attendants who were all expected to live in and a Chapel and other important services such as Kitchen, Laundry and Stores. Not only that, but the committee could not decide how many patients they would need to cater for so he had to make it possible to extend to accommodate from 60 to 200 patients.

    The following are his actual notes describing how the above could be achieved which were presented to the

    Committee of Visitors in Denbigh Town Hall (now the town Library) in 1844

    Notes from report by Thomas Full James 22 June 1843


    I went out just to recce the site, but got drawn in for a couple of hours. It ended quite abruptly with an encounter with the famous bearded one who despite myself complying and asking which way he'd like me to leave, insisted on trying to delete my photos and setting his rather big dog on me when I refused. After a bit of shenanigans, I thought 'fuck it' and called the police, who were fantastic by the way and they even gave me a lift back to my car and said they would be 'inviting' the bearded one to the station.

    This place is great, and the old girl still has a lot to offer. I'll be back.


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  2. dontgo

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    Excellent Photos, I wish mine came out like that. :Not Worthy

    I was there in the snow, on my way in I saw car tracks going round the building. I went in for about an hour and came out near the front, there were more car tracks and leading from the car tracks foot and dog prints, but no return prints and the car was gone so he must have had someone else driving the car. Anyway I decided it was time to leave, but will return again soon.

    It is now in a very bad state of repair so be careful, at one point you can see the 2nd floor from the basement and further on a bookshelf is holding up the floor above :eek:

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  3. vivamel

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    Here is the bearded one, don't think his bark is as bad as his bite. But he did move us on eventually and didn't want us roaming around as he said it was dangerous.

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