Friday, 7 February 2014

Denbigh Asylum, North Wales Feb 2014

Went to Wales for the weekend last week to visit the famous Denbigh Asylum in North Wales. This place was incredible. Didn't realize how big it was going to be until I got there. I didn't know where to start but finally got cracking with the furnaces first then explored the rest. I think I missed quite a bit of the asylum though because I didn't allow myself enough time to explore it all but I got round to do the main areas that I wanted to see. I'm really happy with the outcome of the photos, all HDR's so took some time to edit them all but here's a small selection of my favourite images. First, here's the history that I took from Wikipedia;


The North Wales Hospital (locally known as Denbigh Mental or Denbigh Asylum) is a Grade II listed building. Designed by architect Thomas Full James, building started in 1844 and completed in 1848. Once a hospital for people with psychiatric illnesses, at its maximum capacity it could house 200 patients.

Designed by architect Thomas Full James to originally accommodate between 60 and 200 patients, the building dates back to 1848. The hospital originally had its own farm and gasworks. Planned for closure by Enoch Powell from the 1960s, it was closed in sections from 1991 to 2002.

On 22 November 2008, during work to renovate the building site and convert it to apartments and residential properties, the building caught fire; it was later confirmed that the main hall of the hospital was destroyed. Arson is suspected.

Currently on the buildings at risk register, planning permission has currently lapsed. In 2011 the building was at risk of collapsing and no action was taken by the owners after an urgent works notice was issued, Denbighshire Council had no choice but to carry out repairs on the building which has reached £930,000. In 2013, Denbighshire Council voted to press ahead with acompulsory purchase order on the building; the council, however, wish to reach an agreement with the owners before taking legal action. An estimated cost of repairing the building is £1 million.

1 comment:

  1. What an incredible building ... Stunningly sharp photography capturing the decay and dilapidation. It looks more like the set from a post-apocalyptic computer game. How do you find these buildings?