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Mid Wales Hospital, Talgarth

A nice way to finish 2012, which has been a very busy year away from exploring, was a trip to an old favourite. Mid Wales Hospital.

The Mid Wales Hospital was a psychiatric hospital in Talgarth, Wales. It opened in 1906 and was formerly known as the Brecon and Radnor Joint Asylum or Mid Wales Counties Mental Hospital. It is in echelon style (narrow arrow)and at its peak could serve 1,000 patients.[clarification needed] However, nearer the end of its life, in 1995, this had dwindled to 168. The site was also home to the Mid and West Wales College of Nursing and Midwifery and the Powys Drugs & Alcohol Council for substance misuse

Since the closure of the site there has been scandal, general neglect, various owners and little care to the buildings. This was the first visit in over 2 years and the place really has deteriorated to a point where despite local opposition to demolition I’m struggling to see any other option. The majority of the buildings have been exposed to no roof for nearly 4 years now and the result is collapsed walls and flaws.   Things could have turned out much better but the initial sale back in 2000 started the rot. I hope those who were responsible are feeling proud of themselves.

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20 comments

  1. Yes but its a lot more of a mess and recent press articles have seen the place pretty much off bounds with regards to security and nut job tyre drilling locals.

  2. Hello is this amazing place still standing

  3. The road is a public right of way

  4. Visited this site last night. Drove in through the main gates next to a few houses then up the road to the main building, then within 20 seconds of being there a car aproached as if from out of nowhere made even more creepy by the dense fog. I wasnt staying around to see what this what im guessing was a security car wanted so I left. Feeling very disapointed to get within feet of the building but not being able to look around. Also being on my own and not realising with the desne fog would I ever have got out of the car. Very creepy place at night. Will come back in the day time again.

  5. Sorry I don’t believe this for the reasons you state. The owner doesn’t want people inside and the place is a death trap.

  6. Hi,

    Ive heard of numerous people who contacted the owner and they allowed them inside to photograph etc. Does anyone know who the owner is or have a contact number/email? Would love to look around in there, but last time I did I ended up being man-handled by security and threatened by a local :/

  7. Sorry but the CCTV stuff is absolute bollocks. Those cameras are from the business park days, look closely they are rotten. The only reason they knew you were in there is because the locals keep an eye on the place.

  8. I visited here yesterday and got in but didn’t realise I had set off the security cameras. I’d met a man on the road up with his three dogs and while I was in there I noticed he was walking around looking for me! I managed to avoid him for a while then he saw me while on his private road. Fortunately he was ever so friendly with his swearing and screeching at me to politely go away. It was the threat of him setting his three dogs on me that really got me as two of them came running up wagging their tales wanting me to throw sticks for them!
    As I was leaving I bumped into the security guard and his two dogs. He explained that the cameras are motion sensed and he gets an automatic call when triggered, if it persists it goes straight through to the police.
    Such a shame because there is so much history there and it’s so unreachable. I’d say it’s worth going to walk along the road there just not to enter any barriers, unless you like friendly man with 3 dogs!!

  9. How difficult and risky is it to get inside these days? Really want to go exploring, would rather like to avoid being killed/arrested though.

  10. Nobody has ever got a caution, but they are more touchy about the place now. Sadly the best time to explore this was about 4 years ago when truly nobody gave two hoots about the place. It’s generally a mess inside now with collapsed roofs and complete destruction.

  11. These are some of the best pictures I’ve seen of the place! So intrigued by it and wish I could go inside but firstly the asbestos and the many stories I’ve heard about people having Police cautions.. the owners are honestly just waiting for it to fall down now, why they stop explorers is beyond me – the warnings outside are enough to stop them from being prosecuted.

  12. Yes there are some interesting stories coming from Talgath as late. Perhaps the owner spent as much time stressing about explorers as putting some decent covers on the roof it’d be some real progress.

  13. I went to this place.. amazing to see it all.. wasn’t amazing when lots of men arrived with dogs trying get us out of there.. but we were surrounded by them and then I had a police warning for being in there. Was cool seeing it all but very hard to get inside!

  14. If you’ve been watching it for 2 years then get inside. There might be one marked grave yes, there is about 1’500 unmarked by it as well – the pauper graveyard extends up under the car park by the mortuary.

  15. would love 2 look in this buildin . i have been watchin this building for the past 2 years . the only good thing is he can demolish the church because there is a grave behind which is still being attended to ..

  16. You won’t get in here ‘the correct way’ – you’d be refused on health and safety grounds.

  17. Who owns the building? Keen to get into more derelict places however want to go about it in the correct manner. Thanks.

  18. Could you tell me whereabouts this is please? very keen to explore 🙂

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