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Report - Denbigh Asylum, Jan 2010

54Strat

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As the history is well known about this place, here's some notes about the design that are quite interesting..

The brief for the architect Thomas Full James, appointed to design the building was complicated and required a great deal of thought and ingenuity. He had to, first of all separate, males and females and within each gender he had to separate First class patients with superior accommodation from Second class with less comfortable accommodation and from Pauper or Parish patients with basic accommodation. Also in each gender he had to keep epileptic patients and violent patients separate from the rest. He also had to provide separate airing courts for them all. He needed to find rooms for Officers and Attendants who were all expected to live in and a Chapel and other important services such as Kitchen, Laundry and Stores. Not only that, but the committee could not decide how many patients they would need to cater for so he had to make it possible to extend to accommodate from 60 to 200 patients.

The following are his actual notes describing how the above could be achieved which were presented to the

Committee of Visitors in Denbigh Town Hall (now the town Library) in 1844

Notes from report by Thomas Full James 22 June 1843


I went out just to recce the site, but got drawn in for a couple of hours. It ended quite abruptly with an encounter with the famous bearded one who despite myself complying and asking which way he'd like me to leave, insisted on trying to delete my photos and setting his rather big dog on me when I refused. After a bit of shenanigans, I thought 'fuck it' and called the police, who were fantastic by the way and they even gave me a lift back to my car and said they would be 'inviting' the bearded one to the station.

This place is great, and the old girl still has a lot to offer. I'll be back.


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