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Report - Denbigh Asylum - May 2015

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by YamYamSeeker, May 12, 2015.

  1. YamYamSeeker

    YamYamSeeker 28DL Full Member
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    Evening folks,

    I know Denbigh/North Wales Hospital comes up quite a lot on here but id thought id share my experience. The grade ii listed building was built in 1848 and was the first asylum of its kind in Wales. It was ordered to be built due to Welsh patients having to go to English asylums, with the Welsh language being more common in those days English staff couldn't understand Welsh patients which led to mistreatment. It was a welcomed build for families of the patients at that time. It was designated for closure in 1960 by MP Enoch Powell, the site eventually shut down in 1995. In the 1930s lobotomies were carried out and in 1942 one patient actually died from this procedure. These procedures were replaced in the 1960s but antipsychotic medicine.

    I first visited this place on valentines day believe it or not and unfortunately is wasn't with a gorgeous lady friend, nope, it was with my hairy, Vern Troyer looking mate! Anyway, we looked around for about an hour before heading home as Vern was missing he's new car that we'd just dumped in a lane somewhere. On that occasion we only covered about 10% of the site so a trip back was definitely on the cards.

    So after visiting a local abandoned school last week id got the bug again and spoke to a few people about returning to Denbigh and exploring the place properly. With a McDonalds breakfast inside us we set out on the 2 hour drive into Wales, we broke this up with a pit stop on top of The Horseshoe Pass. After arriving at the site we quickly got our gear together and started exploring.

    As we explored the site I was quickly beginning to realise this was one of the worst id visited in terms of deterioration. Roofs, ceilings, floors and walls had all collapsed or were missing. This obviously makes you think carefully about where you tread, especially on the upper floors where you could feel the soft rotten wood below your feet. I was also aware that things above might collapse, again this never happened but was always in the back of my mind. There wasn't much left in the buildings, a wheelchair, bed, T.V and a couple of reports on patients were all we really found but this still didn't stop us enjoying what was a very good explore.

    The atmosphere inside the asylum was not as bad as iv felt before. Inside the main site there wasn't any eerie noises and it felt quite comfortable exploring. We saw another 3 groups there while walking around and it seemed a very relaxed place. It changed though when we went over to the nurses house, banging doors echoed through the building as we approached and when we stepped in, the smell was horrendous. This really changed the experience and we all seemed more alert not that we'd admit it at the time. The deeper we got into this part of the site the more relaxed we'd become, the doors banging was the wind which had picked up throughout the day and the smell was damp carpet and wallpaper. This building was in much better condition with a lot of things still intact, not much in there, but still good to have a look around.

    I was quite disappointed with my photos to be honest but here's the best ones.

    Enjoy :)

    The Grade ii Listed Building
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    A lonely wheelchair
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    A peeling corridor
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    Lovely décor outside some of the dorms/cells
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    More dorms/cells
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    The balanced window
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    New roof on the listed building
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    The nurses house
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    There was no sign of Elwyn
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    The rear of one of the buildings
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    Patients bed
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    Collapsed roof
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    I'm sure this building was all one at some stage
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    Not sure whether this was a bath or toilet
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    Retro T.V
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    Patient report from 1984
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    Collapsed roof was bringing the walls down in this room
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    Three stories of dorms/cells
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    Treatment room
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    Fancy a bath?
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    Final resting place
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  2. 1nk4

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    Nice
     
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  3. The Guard Dog

    The Guard Dog Will only bite a little bit... well a lot
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    Damn this place is royally screwed, nature is truly taking back what was his in the 1st place.

    Speaking of Elwyn, if you watch Denbighvids on Youtube you can see a local resident explore Denbigh quite frequently and he does talk about Elwyn quite a lot... including a candid conversation with Elwyn.
     
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  4. YamYamSeeker

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    Off to YouTube I go to find this conversation :)
     
  5. Paradox

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    Sounds like you had a good explore there mate :thumb One of the few to not run into Elwyn lol
     
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  6. YamYamSeeker

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    It was a good day mate. Kinda gutted I didn't run into Elwyn, I feel deprived lol
     
  7. GRONK

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    It's insane how it can get into such a state in such a short amount of time. :(

    I've been twice and not met him either........ Sad times.
     
  8. YamYamSeeker

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    It is sad, I don't see what thrill people have in trashing the place. I was watching videos on Elwyn last night and im not sure id want to meet him lol. Waving walking sticks around and that German Sheppard going for you, no thanks lol
     
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    Good stuff, although this is well and truly fooked.
    Word of advice, on the date you put, just put the month and year. If the place had any major vandalism or even a fire on that date, you could get pinned for it.
     
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    Jesus!! Never realized how trashed this place is getting.. im thinking a visit sooner rather than later is in order!
     
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  11. bertbanger

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    methinks im gona check out this place in august, who's this Elwyn fella?
     
  12. Bigian88

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    Self appointed security. Apparently he used to be a caretaker there and feels like he needs to look after it once it closed but different stories exist about why he feels obliged to watch over it.

    He had a run in with the wrong group of lads a few months ago and apparently he got a bit of a kicking for mouthing off and being disrespectful. I'd advise against engaging him, if you spot him, avoid being seen (get inside) and leave him be, he'll leave after a short wonder around the outside.
     
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    ok cool ta
     
  14. YamYamSeeker

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    Thanks for the advice KM_Punk
     
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  15. UrbanD3cay

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    This place has been on my list for a while, definitely need to go here soon, nice pics mate :thumb
     
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