Mid Wales Asylum
Steve outside the derelict hospital where he was an apprentice 25 years ago.
A few years ago I was in Wales and passed by the old mid Wales asylum at Talgarth. At the time the place was pretty much forgotten about and not even boarded up, I could have just climbed in through one of the many windows. I had my mountain bike in the car and, coming from London, I was very reluctant to leave it unattended in the car for very long so I didn’t bother staying to look around properly. In hindsight I wish I had.
Now some effort has been made to secure the place. Windows have been boarded up, razor wire run out, a temporary fence put up and an exceptionally bored and tame looking guard dog installed. All of the sought after Welsh slate tiles have been removed from the roofs.
The hospital was gradually wound down after the care in the community scheme was introduced in the 1980s and finally closed in 1999. Controversially the site was sold to the hospital’s former director for the bargain price of £227,000. The salvage value of the slate roofs was estimated to be worth more than £1,000,000...