Cardiff City Mental Hospital opened in 1908.  During the planning stage it was referred in name as both Whitchurch Asylum and Cardiff City Asylum. The Asylum tag was dropped prior to opening making it the first county asylum in the UK (and possibly Europe) to open without the asylum tag.  Costing £350’000 to build the 150ft water tower dominated over the male side of the hospital.  During the war the hospital was re purposed as the Welsh Metropolitan War Hospital. It was the largest emergency service hospital in south wales.  Like many county asylums of the time it was fully self sufficient with a power house located to the side of the water tower that had its own steam engines and generators. To the far corner of the site the farm supplied meat and vegetables to the patients and staff.  The NHS took over the hospital with its creation in 1948 and the hospital remained fully open, with the exception of west ward 5/5a, till April 2016 when the final patients were moved out.  Some services remained on site till the summer of 2017 before the site was fully vacated.  With all wards, the tower, ballroom and administration listed the site awaits a mixed residential/business conversion.


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  • Dru Hunter, November 18, 2020 @ 12:12

    Is the site still standing?
    Can u still access the site?

  • tumbles, August 28, 2020 @ 10:29

    It was wide open for 18 odd months, less so now.

  • T, August 27, 2020 @ 15:59

    Love the site but completely new to all this. Did you get permission to go here or did you do it on the sneak? I live in Cardiff and would love to see this.

  • Dave., August 3, 2020 @ 17:41

    Great pictures ..I installed the phones in there around 1980s and it was a fascinating place to work .There are corridors under the hospital for the services and thats were the phone cables were run …there were wild cats in there and 1000s of cock roaches could here them scurrying around. In addition they use to keep 300 white rats were bread from each other to keep the breed pure.
    It was sad to see some of the people in there and the padded rooms but some of them came back out so that was good.I had to put the phone in the mortuary which was interesting ..being in a room with lots of people but all quiet ….More stories if required.

  • Olkka, April 10, 2019 @ 11:15

    About time you out this up haha. Where are the 35mm shots 😉

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