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The former Pen-y-fal Hospital, in Abergavenny.

This former hospital on the eastern edge of Abergavenny has been converted into dwellings in parkland surrounds. It was built in 1849-1852 as a lunatic asylum (as it was then termed) in the Tudor Gothic style to house 250 patients, to serve the counties of Monmouth, Brecon, Hereford and Radnor.
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It's a great looking building, I'm glad they decided to convert it into apartments rather than demolish it, as so many buildings have been.

Very sad Denise, I think most towns have a little history with mental institutions. I started my training in a mental hospital, outside Te Awamutu, in 1959. I didn't stay as working with people who have mental disorders or challenging behaviours as we call it today, is not work for young people. One needs to have had some world experience and maybe do general nursing before doing psych training.

Yes, Luni, it looks a nice place to live. An apartment here will cost 125.500 UK currency. I believe the estate is now called Parc Pen-y-fal estate.

Hugs to you both - Phyllis


Would love to live there Phyllis! A finely designed piece of art!


Great architecture Phyllis with a sad history.
Thanks with hugs


Chance would be a fine thing Janet - hugs x


A beautiful building thanks Phyllis with a grim history. Yes a flat in there now would be wonderful. Hugs Janet


Thanks Lyndee and Nev. Yes they built to last in those days. Remember when a frig lasted years or a washing machine, now their life span is anything up to 10 years. I'd love a flat there, the gardens look great and Y Fenni [Abergavenny] is a lovely old town.

I was there in 2000, doing some research of my family tree. All the birth/deaths/marriage and christenings + church record and legal and historical records for Monmouthshire are kept at Y Fenni. Just make sure you don't go down a one way street the wrong way as we did!


This is a beautiful old building. It was built to last.

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