Asylum History Month

The image of the haunted asylum is at the cultural forefront near Halloween, so October is a great time to learn about asylum history. These posts provide photographs or historical information about asylums around the world. This year’s posts are about historic institutions in Australia, China, England, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, North Wales, Scotland, South Africa and Spain. These feature only outdoor pictures, and special attention is given to asylum gardens. Sundays will be dedicated to different architectural styles, theories, and designs.



North Wales Hospital Historical Society Website

Timeline of North Wales Hospital

aerial photos of Denbigh Asylum

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales

A photograph of a large grey stone building on the extensive Denbigh asylum campus. Bricks scattered here and there on the ground, some red trim on the roof, multiple chimneys, a small tower with design nods to the main clocktower at the front of the asylum. Surrounded by one story buildings of similar stone or red brick.

A second photograph shows what might be a courtyard, but filled completely with a layer of maybe thousands of red bricks - the result of a serious fire. There are brick walls which are still crumbling and a large sandy colored asylum building with many windows and chimneys. A couple familiar rooflines and the clocktower are in the background.

Callan Park Hospital (closed) gardens


“Essential to testament was the calming influence of natural beauty and pleasant parklands, designed by Director of the Botanic Gardens, Charles Moore. Further landscaping in the 1890’s included the planting of palms and and rainforest trees, and the conversion of an informal pond to the curious sunken garden, which although waterless, survives.”

[asylum projects]

Sydney, Australia

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) - MayoClinic.com

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) — Overview covers definition, risks, results of this treatment for depression.

“No one knows for certain how ECT helps treat severe depression and other mental illnesses. What is known, though, is that many chemical aspects of brain function are changed during and after seizure activity. These chemical changes may build upon one another, somehow reducing symptoms of severe depression or other mental illnesses. That’s why ECT is most effective in people who receive a full course of multiple treatments.”