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Report - Denbigh Asylum, North Wales - July 2014

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by AuntieKnickers, Jul 8, 2014.

  1. AuntieKnickers

    AuntieKnickers inquisitive historian
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    Visited with The Stig

    After a failed attempt a few years ago due to some Rambo wanna be's, we definitely needed to cross this beauty off our list before it was too late. Starting our holiday early we managed to get in without any run in with the infamous Elwyn. As we headed back to our exit point Stig heard and seen Elwyn only a corridor width from where we were standing, it felt like we were waiting ages before we heard him start the jeep and head off, we packed up our gear and made a hasty exit - didn't fancy a run in after rumours lately of him hitting someone. stig made a faster exit than me but we still managed without getting caught.

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    The North Wales Hospital (locally known as Denbigh Mental or Denbigh Asylum) is a Grade II listed building. Designed by architect Thomas Full James, building started in 1844 and completed in 1848. Once a hospital for people with psychiatric illnesses, at its maximum capacity it could house 200 patients. it was closed in sections from 1991 to 2002

    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.

    Currently on the buildings at risk register, planning permission has currently 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 has reached £930,000. In 2013, Denbighshire Council voted to press ahead with a compulsory purchase order on the building; the council, however, wish to reach an agreement with the owners before taking legal action. An estimated cost of repairing the building is £1 million.

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    Thanks for looking :thumb

    During our exit I managed to fall badly on my ankle, after a few hours in A&E getting it checked out it turned out not to be broken just a bad sprain - this is what Denbigh did to me :(

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  2. raisinwing

    raisinwing 28DL Regular User
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    Nice report AK!
    Still yet to go inside Denbigh, one day... :p:
     
  3. Lenston

    Lenston Bajo Tierra
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    Hard to get a diff take on this place but I think you've done it with those pictures, worth the ankle injury :D
     
  4. nazgul

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    I like the photo's, hard luck with the injury though

    Just found this on the BBC's news website

    Firefighters are damping down after a blaze at the derelict North Wales Hospital in Denbighshire.
    Five fire and rescue crews are at the site at Prion Road, Denbigh, which was a mental health hospital.
    They were called just after 08:00 BST on Tuesday and crews from Ruthin, Mold and Rhyl attended.
    The fire is understood to have affecting three floors and the roof
     
  5. KM_Punk

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    Nice report, did you miss a ladder?
     
  6. Wevsky

    Wevsky A Predisposed Tourist
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    Nice report matey,u got there just in time its been on fire today :D
     
  7. AuntieKnickers

    AuntieKnickers inquisitive historian
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    Didn't miss a ladder, ran through the grass.

    So I'd heard wevs
     
  8. Paradox

    Paradox 28DL Regular User
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    Nice Report :thumb:thumb Hmmmm I just heard Elwin got fired quite recently........... there is no such thing as coincidence!
     
  9. The Wombat

    The Wombat Mr Wombat
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    Very nice AK :thumb
    sorry to hear about ur injury :eek:
    looks worse than my little tumble earlier this year
     
  10. AuntieKnickers

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    I had no alcohol in my system and I could never out do the flying wombat.
     
  11. Session9

    Session9 A life backwards
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    Nice AK, and different take on the old girl.
    The only beards I had to contend with were on four legs on my visitation :D
    Hope your ankle is soon on the mind :thumb
     
  12. AuntieKnickers

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    Thanks guys, ankle is slowly mending.
     
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