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Denbigh The North Wales Lunatic Asylum, september 2013
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    Default Denbigh The North Wales Lunatic Asylum, september 2013

    Visited with Telf1980 & Will Knot

    I was in wales with the family having a little break, So it would be stupid not to get out there and do a few explores and leave the missus in the car
    I made arrangements to meet up with Telf1980 and Will Knot and headed over to the Asylum. Thanks for meeting up with me lads it was a good afternoon out.

    Here is some history

    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.

    Here are my pics enjoy because ive added a lot























































    Thanks for looking and sorry for the amount of pics
    exploring in manchester ?
    give me a SHOUT!!!

    tomos25@live.co.uk

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    Default Re: Denbigh The North Wales Lunatic Asylum, september 2013

    Ah, the good old fashioned Asylum, really like the layout and style of these older ones. Good one!
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    Default Re: Denbigh The North Wales Lunatic Asylum, september 2013

    Always good to see Denbigh.
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    Default Re: Denbigh The North Wales Lunatic Asylum, september 2013

    did you bump into Elwyn whilst there? that's his name init? the crazy welsh guy with a Alsatian? Quality pics though - love the first one and the other external shots!

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