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RUN! She is coming! April 2018

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 Opened in november 1848 this asylum was intended to relieve the problem of non-english speaking welsh people being put into english asylums, where the language barrier could do nothing but make a bad situation worse. It was 4 years in construction, built on 20 acres of land donated anonymously, with funding donated by rich philanthropists. It was regarded as the finest structure of its type when it opened and was large enough to house 200 patients.
 Ever growing demand meant numerous extensions and additions were built and by the start of the next century it could house 1500 patients along with 1000 staff ,it had its own gasworks and farm making it self reliant. With changing attitudes , an underfunded NHS and the birth of "Care in the community" the doors finally closed in 1995. Since then it has sat and rotted, been attacked by vandals and thieves and has had inumorous fires. The last of which being only a week ago. 
although built with the best of intentions this was not a good place to be and even in its last days conditions were described as barbaric. Many people were admitted for such "illnesses" as infidelity, alcoholism or post natal depression. As the asylum was privately owned and payed to take patients they had no incentive to release anyone and those patients that were able were put to work for little or no pay which brought in more income for those at the top. 
 Doctors here werent afraid to experiment either, over a 2 year period 24 people were lobotomised with 1 fatality. Electro shock therapy was common and some rather nasty drugs were administered to control the more violent inmates.
 The future hangs in the balance after the last fire. There are plans for a hotel complex and other housing with some plans intending to demolish 80% of the site but although the remaining 20% is listed the amount of damage and dereliction could see all of it wiped from the map. 
Like many people with a yen for exploring i have wanted to visit here for some time. Luckily the right opportunity arose and i seized the moment. With sister riding shotgun we set off on the 3 hour journey. Using info found on youtube we had no problem gaining access. In fact we no problem with access anywhere onsite, apart from where collapsed or removed floors had blocked areas.We spent over 3 hours there pausing for breath only when we heard voices. The voices turned out to be some chavs that actually walked straight past me as i stood on the opposite side of a window. Amazingly they never saw me and we continued our mooch without seeing or hearing anyone. Even after 3 hours we still missed stuff but fatigue was setting in and we had still to walk back up the hill to our parking spot. All in all a good day out but dissapointed by the amount of damage and the lack of features, fixtures, fittings that would have defined this place as an asylum.


first some externals
 41377234451_24214a357c_z.jpgDSCF7068 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


39568406350_132f2f42b2_z.jpgDSCF7067 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


40482375465_e1106fa872_z.jpgDSCF7091 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


41376934881_120bd81759_z.jpgDSCF7117 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


27506898938_35a25cd8f4_z.jpgDSCF7132 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


40481552895_4f568d9670_z.jpgDSCF7158 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


41391046071_e8fd42ac80_z.jpgDSCF7245 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


26520050577_9dbb9b173d_z.jpgDSCF7193 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


26519996377_ac2459ca0c_z.jpgDSCF7202 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


40676573214_36e33ba905_z.jpgDSCF7214 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


Some of the wards
40482560535_2719c043bf_z.jpgDSCF7179 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


41377199301_64524cdd6a_z.jpgDSCF7073 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


26507029147_2e8d1ff1be_z.jpgDSCF7076 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


26506876027_2d0823060d_z.jpgDSCF7112 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


some corridors
39568337400_96d121aa89_z.jpgDSCF7078 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


26506851007_4c5fccf3a0_z.jpgDSCF7115 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


27506863148_cfea916f15_z.jpgDSCF7135 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


27506380778_8ef9f5d8ac_z.jpgDSCF7160 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


40663844924_6f329b45ff_z.jpgDSCF7095 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


damage caused by the latest fire
39581860820_5e5dd9594a_z.jpgDSCF7186 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


41348038202_ddbeab82b2_z.jpgDSCF7188 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


40676702144_a1dd4592cf_z.jpgDSCF7201 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


some other random derpiness
27506736708_c5e25c8352_z.jpgDSCF7147 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


41334554352_92a902a58c_z.jpgDSCF7142 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


27520809448_efdf07545c_z.jpgDSCF7227 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


kitchens
26506692957_9950fae27e_z.jpgDSCF7133 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


41348219232_c3b1059a76_z.jpgDSCF7244 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


waterpump
27521234238_724ce84569_z.jpgDSCF7241 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


tunnels
39567528110_49758180ec_z.jpgDSCF7154 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


Eyes in the dark....
41334959072_52c4e5446a_z.jpgDSCF7099 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


couldnt leave without getting this shot
27521168348_54864b7d6f_z.jpgDSCF7251 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


but remember
27506902788_97e9097994_z.jpgDSCF7131 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


loads more on flickr
thanks fer lookin

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Good god thats in a shit state. 

Externals still hold up though. 

Nice work WD. 

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Cracking pics Mr Wavey Sir, a sad end to an equally sad place, in my mind it would be better if it was demolished and a fresh start made to the site.

Cheers

KM

 

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2 hours ago, Kilted Mac said:

Cracking pics Mr Wavey Sir, a sad end to an equally sad place, in my mind it would be better if it was demolished and a fresh start made to the site.

Cheers

KM

 

hi and thankyou sir

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These are some fab pics! I will take note of where you were so I don’t post any duplicate shots. I’m even more excited to go!

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