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Lluesty Hospital 05/2017

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The History:

Under an Amendment Act set in 1834 all parishes in Wales and England were grouped together into Poor Law Unions. Each Poor Law Union had to provide a place where people who were unable to support themselves could live and work, known as the workhouse. Because of this Lluesty Hospital was erected during 1839 by the Holywell Poor Law Union.

In 1965 the north side became the Hollywell community hospital which operated for 43 years before being closed in 2008. The site has its own on-site parish designed by a proclaimed local architect in 1883-4 and was a feature of the site for many years (though now much of the flourish is covered by boards!).

Upon its closure the site was owned by NHS Wales and was sold at auction in 2011 with full planning for 69 dwellings for the seemingly low figure of £275,000. The buyers are said to have sold the North half of the site within a few months of ownership for an “undisclosed amount” presumably making a quick profit!

 

Our Visit.....

This was day one of my birthday tour! Was a bit of a bust really we could get into the old work house but it had been trashed and there were kids upstairs smashing the place up so we did not attempt upstairs there was dog mess everywhere also. As for the other part of the hospital there was no chance we were warned by a local to stay out as there were dogs on site and had already been told there was security and someone had already been chased off by the dogs two weeks before my birthday. the chapel was boarded up tight so could not even get in there still amazing looking buildings.

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was here only a few weeks ago and bumped straight into security within 2 minutes. Nice man let me wander around freely. Saw no dogs but secca said that security was being increased with work starting immently. He also said that they had been plagued by thieves and arsonists lately ,which may explain the new boardings. 

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