Denbigh Asylum (North Wales Hospital)

Author sophos9 - Last updated: 02.05.2010

Visited with some non-explorer friends. Not usually my thing but I tagged along anyway. We spent hours here as once your inside its quite relaxed. Nearly had a run in with old beardy at the end just as we were leaving, but we managed to avoid and dodge him and left.

Some history (Shamelessly stolen from georgie):

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.

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Thanks for looking, Eotech.


3 comments

#1elleMay 14, 2010, 5:59 pm

it’s so creepy i love it !

    #2sophos9May 14, 2010, 7:26 pm

    Hi, check out the forum so you can speak with the creator :)

#3colJuly 4, 2010, 12:51 am

mad place such a shame its a mess , should open it up for guided tours :]

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