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Report - Denbigh Lunatic Asylum - March 2015

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by jimbob202002, Mar 31, 2015.

  1. jimbob202002

    jimbob202002 28DL Full Member
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    Hi Everyone,

    Thought i would post up my first Urbex exploration that happened a couple weeks ago to Denbigh Lunatic Asylum. Myself and a group of 6 friends packed and left at 9am to get breakfast in hollywell in north wales before venturing to the site to start our adventure.

    We had looked up the site before hand and mapped out our way in and the starting point and the building we wanted to see that day which took 5 hours, a run in with Elwyn and yet we still didn't get the time to explore the nurses quarters.

    With over 4000 images between us and a go pro video which is still being edited we found this place to be a fantastic first outing.


    Here is the background history for this site:

    The North Wales Hospital (locally known as Denbigh Mental or Denbigh Asylum) is a Grade 2 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 is located in Denbigh Denbighshire Wales

    Designed by architect Thomas Full James to originally accommodate between 60 and 200 patients, the hospital originally had its own farm and gasworks. Planned for closure by Enoch Powell during the 1960s, it was closed in sections from 1991 to 2002.

    Now derelict, on October 31, 2008, Living TV's Most Haunted did a live series, The Village of the Damned on location in the North Wales Hospital which spanned over the course of a week. The producers of the show were criticised by residents of Denbigh for slurs against the town and the hospital.

    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. Aron was suspected.

    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 the 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.


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  2. Ojay

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    Good stuff, thanks for sharing, keep 'em coming :thumb
     
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    Nice! Really not a bad report. Look forward to more!
     
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    Nice report mate, glad to see you met the legend himself.
     
  5. jimbob202002

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    we had a feeling we would as soon as we went to the front to take some pictures, so we left that till last to make sure we got all the images we wanted. A return is on the cards to complete the nurse's quarter at some point.
     
  6. Bigian88

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    I went there a few weeks ago, its literally just an empty shell with no interesting rooms inside. I DID save a trapped sheep in there though, it somehow got in through a window at the front and ended up in a room with the doors closing behind it, as soon as I opened the doors and tried to lead it out - it jumped out the way it went in - to freedom!
     
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    Nice explore there mate some good shots look forward to your next report :D
     
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    Im thinking of visiting this amazing place for the first time in the summer but don't want to miss anything. Does anybody know where I can get some sort of plan of the site with points of interest marked on it? It will be my wife and is first urban exploration.
     
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    The name of the game is exploring just get in there and have a look around. Just take the wife with you to hold your hand and you'll be fine :eek:
     
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    Tbh its so messy and derelict on the inside, it wouldn't be worth while having a plan of the site as its all wide open and each building links to another. There's nothing of significant interest in there other than the amazing architecture and fascinating looking rooms - the roof has collapsed in quite a few areas too.
     
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    Yeah I think it's a fantastic looking old place especially the first time you set eyes on it.
     
  12. bertbanger

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    looks awesome i really want to get to this place before the CPO goes through and people start making it unnacessible
     
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    Well I no someone who's having a revisit this week :D
     
  14. Jordanchinkbmx

    Jordanchinkbmx "Take only pictures, leave only footprints"
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    Wicked! This place looks gob-smackingly awesome! well done with the photos too! nice report :D
     
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    Good report!

    I'm still amazed people say "we spent 5 hours here". I spent an hour here and that's walking from the car and around the site, into the building and church and then left - I've seen better ruins in Greece!
     
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