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Report - North Wales Hospital (Denbigh Asylum), Oct 14

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by KopeX, Nov 22, 2014.

  1. KopeX

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    Hello everyone.

    This explore I found hard, quite difficult if I'm being honest. My commitment to survey, entry and navigation was second to none as with most explores but here I seemed to wade through the place with a heavy for of anxiety. The night previous I had a quantity of ale with the legend of Jon Boy, keeper of the floating digs. Some may say hungover but this wasn't the case. My last explore through Whittingham, we were almost flammable due to the drink consumed the night before but the visit was easy. This place was different, genuinely sapping. I've done a reasonable quota of Asylums and Hospitals over the last few years, not all on the net or published but I have numerous photographs. Denbigh was very different. Hard to say through a keyboard. Metaphysically it was a huge obstacle course, constantly feeling I was accompanied, feeling a glare from the many windows or cold patches or unexplainable sounds but I suppose mental acrobatics is the side effect of going solo, I was in there 7 hours.

    That aside.. Here are a few photographs. Keeping in with the 35 limit I didn't even bother to pick my shots for this report, I clicked a diverse range from my photostream on Flickr. I am still in the process of publishing to Flickr. Some of the better ones are still to come or not published here or entirely. Please check back to my Flickr account... https://www.flickr.com/photos/kopex/sets/72157649312965221/

    The Asylums of the United Kingdom were never operated in or with the same conscience in which they were created. Asylums were betrayed and portrayed by psychiatry's pure desperation to achieve scientific recognition. It still doesn't exist hence the mass drugging of our times. These institutions would be valuable in today's society. The government has since expressed regret in closing them all. The psychiatric practices of the times stigmatized the buildings. In brief.. When you are good, nobody remembers. When you are bad, nobody forgets. This I find the easiest way to described every asylum.


    A brief history to introduce the set. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Wales_Hospital
    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.

    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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  2. Telf

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    Re: North Wales Hospital (Denbigh Asylum)

    Great photos :thumb you're certainly a man of many words.
     
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    Re: North Wales Hospital (Denbigh Asylum)

    I'm impressed! One very photogenic place, beautifully captured.
     
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    Re: North Wales Hospital (Denbigh Asylum)

    Nice :) just needs a date adding to the title :thumb
     
  5. KopeX

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    Thanks man
     
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    Re: North Wales Hospital (Denbigh Asylum) Oct 14

    Awesome, never get tired of seeing anything from this place. It's great.
    Shots are nice too, thanks for sharing. :thumb
     
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    Re: North Wales Hospital (Denbigh Asylum) Oct 14

    These are nice photos, but I don't personally see the need for posting 35 of them, just because the limit set to 35, does not mean you need to post that many.

    The best option is to choose 10 or so of the best ones, post them THEN if people want to see more they can then go see them on flickr.

    Along side adding a date to the thread, you also need to reduce the size of the photos as the max allowed on here is 1024 x 678
     
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    Re: North Wales Hospital (Denbigh Asylum) Oct 14

    Hi, great write up. Somewhere I'd love to explore. How's the security here?
     
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    Re: North Wales Hospital (Denbigh Asylum) Oct 14

    Some really nice photos here, and some stuff that I haven't seen. :thumb
     
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    Re: North Wales Hospital (Denbigh Asylum) Oct 14

    If security see you here... Run
     
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    Re: North Wales Hospital (Denbigh Asylum) Oct 14

    Is Elwyn that mental these days? He's a cunt but I find diplomacy useful when dealing with jumped up arseholes like him.
     
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    Re: North Wales Hospital (Denbigh Asylum) Oct 14

    Very nice shots. Always seems to be more to be squeezed from this place.
     
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    Great photos .. Looks like even Jimmy savile made an appearance at some point and tagged his name.. Well done nice report..
     
  14. KopeX

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    Re: North Wales Hospital (Denbigh Asylum) Oct 14

    Sorry for 'late' reply, ha. I got to know a local who confirms the view of 'security'. Just run. He fairly present. Google, Elwynn Denbigh. A rather fraught soul it would seem. His hounds aren't exactly the andrex puppies either. Regards, Naffs.
     
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