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Report - Denbigh Hospital, North Wales, Jan 2013

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by H1971, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. H1971

    H1971 28DL Regular User
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    Aug 27, 2012
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    First on our list was this amazing place still looks fantastic from the outside, however...........not so from the inside :( Visited with Magpie423, Mr Distopia, Leeds Explorer and Humpa. When uploading my photos of the day I realised I must of made a school boy error :banghead, anyway I had a fab day. We had the run of the place with no sightings of the famous Ellwyn and his dog. Shame, really would of liked to of wished him Happy New Year lol. any way on with the report...................
    History :-Location Data
    Built: 1844 Closed: 1995
    Opened: 1848 Demolished / Renovated: n/a
    Location Age: 169 years Abandonment: 18 years
    Current Status: Being demolished or renovated
    Location Genre: Psychiatric Hospital
    Located In: Denbigh, Denbighshire Wales
    Alternate Names: North Wales Lunatic Asylum, Ysbyty Gogledd Cymru Dinbych
    The North Wales Lunatic Asylum was the first psychiatric institution built in Wales; construction began in 1844 and completed in 1848 in the town of Denbigh. The U-shaped Tudorbethain style hospital was built due to the spreading word of mistreatment of Welsh people in English asylums; The North Wales Hospital would be a haven for welsh speaking residents to seek treatment without prejudice or a language barrier.
    Renovations and extensions were made at the hospital from 1867 until 1956, when the hospital reached its maximum capacity at 1,500 patients living inside her walls and 1,000 staff at hand. Physical treatments such as Cardiazol, malarial treatment, insulin shock treatment, and sulphur based drugs were used and developed in the 1920s and 1930s, and 1941-1942 saw the advent of electro convulsive therapy (ECT) and prefrontal leucotomy (lobotomy) treatments.
    In 1960, Enoch Powell visited the North Wales Hospital, and later announced the "Hospital Plan" for England and Wales, which proposed that psychiatric care facilities be attached to general hospitals and favored community care over institutional settings. This was the beginning of the end for the North Wales Hospital and others like it; in 1987 a ten year strategy to close the hospital was formed. The North Wales Hospital was closed in sections from 1991 to 2002; most notable was the closure of the main hospital building in 1995.
    On July 12, 2004, The Prince of Wales visited the hospital and administered a speech detailing his Phoenix Trust, a historic building trust that prevented the structure from being demolished. The hospital is currently slated to be converted into private homes. Asbestos abatement has started October 2008.
    A book called Care and Treatment of the Mentally Ill in North Wales, 1800-2000, by Pamela Michael (2003, ISBN 0-7083-1740-5) describes the rise and fall of the North Wales Hospital from its origins in 1848 to its closure in 1995. The author uses patient case notes to discuss life in an asylum, to look at changing diagnostic and treatment patterns, and to explore the ways in which ordinary people understood and experienced mental illness. Through an examination of the ways in which disruptive behavior has been contained, she also considers the social and cultural meanings of mental illness in Wales over the past two hundred years.
    The North Wales Hospital, Denbigh 1842-1995, by Clwyd Wynne (2006, ISBN 0-9550338-4-5) also documents the hospital from its beginnings to the closing in 1995.
    Pics :- again apologies for quality due to said school boy error :(














    certainly blew a few cobwebs away climbing up this and I had the Shakey leg syndrome when I got down to the bottom again lol :)



    Enjoy :)

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