Emma Watson for T: The New York Times Style Magazine, photographed by Alasdair McLellan
New Year’s Eve Slumber: Grand Central Station, 1969 (via Imgur)
Denbigh County Asylum
Designed by the architect Thomas Fulljames, build started 1844, finished four years later. This was a much needed psychiatric hospital for North Wales because some patients in need of this kind of care only spoke welsh and were sent to english speaking asylums, which you can imagine would make their condition much worse.The land, twenty acres was donated by Joseph Ablett of Llanber hall and later money for the clock tower was donated by his wife in memory of him. The hospital was built to house 200 patients but as time went by with overcrowding extensions and renovations were done. By 1956 it was at maximum capacity holding 1,500 patients with 1,000 staff on hand.Experimental treatments were carried out on patients during its history and in 1941 Electrics shock therapy was introduced. Sections of it were closed between 1991 and 2001. From october 31st 2008 the debatable Most haunted filmed a week long special on the asylum called the village of
the damned, making a padded cell and drawing pentagrams in two rooms in the nurses quarters so they could summon the devil.Unfortunately in November 2008 an arson attack destroyed the main hall.
Some demolition sadly has occurred.
Playtime Precaution: England c. 1940. Photographer unknown. (via National Media Museum)
“Due to the threat of poison gas attack, gas masks were issued by the government to every person in the United Kingdom, with specially designed respirators provided for babies.”