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Report - Mid Wales Hospital, Talgarth - Feb 2015

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Trav, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. Trav

    Trav 28DL Full Member
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    Some History

    This large psychiatric hospital closed in 2000 due to a combination of factors including its relative isolation and changes to mental health care in England and Wales. Controversially sold to the resident Chief Medical Officer for just £227,000 The slate alone, that was on the roof, was said to be worth £2,000,000(2million!) which was stripped and sold by its owner.

    Also know as The Brecon and Radnor Counties Joint Lunatic Asylum. It was opened on 18th March, 1903, by the Rt Hon. Lord Glanusk who said of it "everything has been done that human ingenuity could devise for the happiness and safety of the inmates, and under the blessing of God, for their speedy restoration to health."

    Although the population of the two Welsh counties remained small, by the end of 1925, 455 patients were resident. The asylum was designed to be self-sufficient, and had its own private water, electricity, heating and sewerage systems as well as a considerable agricultural estate. As well as wards, the hospital had a large hall, kitchens, workshops, a tailor, bakery, shoe-maker and printing shops as well as 8 acres of market gardens.

    Apart from a short spell as a POW camp, the hospital remained as a 'rehabilitation centre' until its closure. During the 1970's & 80's it began downsizing as more effective treatments and better community care became available. In 1994 the number averaged around 140 and wards began closing gradually.

    The Visit

    This is my 2nd visit here and I went with a friend, Brum. The place is unbelievably huge, we were on site for about 3 hours and only got round 50% at the very most. The place is slowly rotting away and soon will just be a pile of rubble, in some places whole floors had dropped where all that remains are the doors. Most of the inside looks like 1970's decor, it's only really the outside of the building that has any original features left. Anything of any value has long been taken, apart from the hundreds of doors!! There are even some hidden safes that have been angle grinded open. Even the old fireplaces have been ripped out.


    Again it's sad to see such a huge bunch of buildings left to rot and in the space of only 5 years, it has gone from being unoccupied but still intact to completely derelict, rotten and damp! I reckon it'll only take a heavy snow to bring some of the roofs down, so if anyone wants to explore this place while it is still standing you're going to have to go soon!

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    I've put the whole album of high res pics on flickr, 100+ pics. https://flic.kr/s/aHsk5om3sE
     

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  2. GRONK

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    Fantastic report. :D

    I love the first photo, and the roof in the main hall is epic.
     
  3. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Nicely done mate:thumb

    Reminds me of Dengbigh. Pics seem a little dark on my mobile ?
     
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    Good stuff :thumb

    Looks fine to me - exposed just a touch to the right... must be your eyes old fella :)
     
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    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Yeah thought it might be, youngster :D
     
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    Oort The spice expands consciousness.
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    Well done, great shots!
     
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    Awesome photos, nice explore
     
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    Great stuff! Loving the corridor shots, cheers for sharing :thumb
     
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    Nice to see an update, the place is truly on a denbigh/whit fucked scale now. I like the locals but them campaigning to save the entire site is *not* helping it anymore.. they should just settle for admin/chapel and the original building perhaps.

    Before long all of it will end up being bulldozed because it simply crumbling away.

    No grief from the farmer and his white van then?
     
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    I went on Sunday, think if I'd left it much longer it would be to late. Good report here ��
     
  11. Trav

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    Thanks everyone :-) I was pleased how these shots came out.

    The white van guy is puzzling. Last time 2 vans were waiting around my car, this time I heard a van driving past and looked out of the window from in the hospital, he pulled straight into the car park, saw my car and turned around and drove off?

    I went on Saturday so just missed you Craigi, was shocked to see how easy it is to access at the moment...;-) did you enter the main building?
     
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    One thing to look out for on the site, seeing as it is now falling through to bits, is asbestos contamination. In the past, everywhere that there was a risk of electrical fire or a need for insulation that would not, could not catch fire, people used asbestos. It was the wonder material of its day, and now as sites like that fall through to bits, the previously safely contained asbestos gets exposed. As an example of this, quite large buildings on the former UMIST campus are mothballed simply because the cost of removing all the asbestos exceeds the utility of the buildings.

    If you go in places like this, in addition to the normal "risk of going through floor" and "risk of bits falling onto you", wear a disposable mask as well. Photos aren't worth mesothelioma.
     
  13. Trav

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    Whoa! I was not aware of how serious the effects can be. Everyone's heard that "asbestos is bad" but after searching for info on mesothelioma, mainly because I didn't know what it was, I will definitely be taking some masks next time!

    Thank you :thumb
     
  14. WhoDaresWins

    WhoDaresWins Let's do this
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    Nice to see her again. Always enjoyed going there. Repping it in the last photo.
     
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    :thumb Great report
     
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