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In pictures: Exploring Denbigh Hospital's past

Denbigh Hospital

Denbighshire council voted to act to save a Grade II listed former psychiatric hospital said to be in a dangerous state

Denbigh Hospital

North Wales Hospital, built in 1844, has been vandalised, looted and fire damaged since it closed in 1995

Denbigh Hospital

The main kitchen of the privately-owned site which developers had planned to turn into 280 homes

Denbigh Hospital staff

This photo shows nursing staff at the asylum whose main hall was destroyed by fire in November 2008

A football team at the hospital

The hospital became a self sufficient community with a farm and sports clubs with its own Asylum Football Club c1905

Denbigh Hospital staff

The main hall during a staff dinner, possibly marking the coronation of George V in 1935

Hospital nurses, date unkown

Nurses underwent formal training in mental illness from 1915 at the hospital which many have campaigned to save

Denbigh Hospital staff

Many members of staff, seen here grouped formally in the grounds of the hospital, lived on site

Nursing staff from the mid 1930s

Nurses looked after patients from the counties of Denbighshire, Flintshire, Caernarvonshire, Meironethshire and Anglesey

Catering staff in the old kitchen, c1950 at a time when they catered for 1,500 patients and around 1,000 staff

Catering staff in the old kitchen, c1950 at a time when they catered for 1,500 patients and around 1,000 staff

Carnival day at the hospital

Carnival day at the hospital. By 1958 a sports and recreation officer was appointed to deal with social events

Hospital ward, date unknown

By 1959 many wards and doors remained permanently unlocked




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