A Wander Around Denbigh

After our visit to the asylum in Denbigh yesterday we went for a wander around the town. Our first stop was Denbigh Castle which is situated high above the town. 

As you can see from some of the photos it was a funny day weather wise. It was a bit on the windy side with us having glorious sunshine one minute and the next it turned extremely dull and overcast.
We then headed into town where Anders became overly excited due to the price of a parking ticket. Paying for parking is always much cheaper in Wales ( it was only £1 for up to 4 hours ) and I would have thought that he would be used to it by now but apparently not. There was plenty of time left on the ticket when it was time for us to leave so he stuck it on the machine for someone else to use.

The first thing I took a photo of was these old petrol pumps. I've not seen any like this for years and I don't think that my boys would even know what they were.
Not many of the shops were open as it was a Sunday which was fine by me as then I can't be tempted to spend money on something that I actually don't need. 

While looking a round, I spied this display in a chemists window.

The pharmacy has occupied the same site since 1811.

Another thing which caught my eye was this which is above a doorway on the town hall. 
Denbigh is a lovely historical town which I enjoyed exploring mainly due to the interesting architecture. Its not a place that my children would find particularly interesting but we think both sets of our parents would enjoy a visit. Though I did warn my mum in law that the pavements can be quite hilly and steep in places so I advised better footwear than flip flops.

A Trip To An Asylum

Yesterday was a rare child free day for myself and Anders. The trip out was to see Denbigh Asylum so I could take photos. He knows that I love old buildings especially old derelict ones. I think they are growing on him as well to be honest.
There are loads of photos of this asylum on the internet with many taken of the interior but after reading about the building, it's clear that these shots weren't taken entirely risk free but involved some dodging of a security man and dog. Now that is a bit too daring for me as I like to take nice leisurely shots plus I can't run so Anders suggested we take a ride there just to see if I could take any photos from the road side.

This one was taken at the main gates.

The building is beautiful. I don't know why but I was expecting it to be more secluded but driving from Denbigh town it can be clearly seen plus I don't think I have ever seen a building so grand. These photos were taken from the road side.

Although the building is in plain view and looks easily accessible, these signs can be seen all the way around the perimeter. 

These photos are of what used to be the nurses quarters

and these are of the back of the building.
From what I have read about the place we may not have been too far away from the chapel and morgue which is situated behind the building. There were most probably people inside as it doesn't seem uncommon for groups of people to come across each other in there all with the same purpose of taking photos.
 To me its heartbreaking to watch a beautiful building which has lasted for over a hundred and fifty years simply be left to rot. Hopefully someone will come to it's rescue before it becomes unsalvagable.