Horrifying past of abandoned asylum where patients endured lobotomies and electric shocks

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Behind its crumbling walls Talgarth Hospital hides dark and disturbing secrets.

The once busy facility, standing like an eerie tomb to a forgotten age of medicine, lies in the shadow of the imposing Black Mountains in mid Wales.

Closed for 20 years, the former asylum has fallen into decrepit disrepair over the last two decades but its walls still hold the memories of the barbaric treatment inflicted on patients in the past.

Now kept securely locked and fenced off the former hospital, nestled in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, is now home only to the ghosts of the past and the nature that is slowly trying to reclaim the building.

Housed in 261 acres of land and also housed farms and workshops.

Talgarth Hospital now lies abandoned in Wales
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But when the huge Victorian building was first constructed, it was designed to provide treatment to those battling mental health issues.

Men and women were kept completely separate in identical buildings but never able to come into contact with one another.

It was designed to be run as an entirely self-sufficient facility, with workers growing all the fruit and vegetables needed and living on site in specially built homes.

Men and women were kept completely separate in the huge hospital
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Even the power needed to keep the 12 wards functioning day and night was provided on site by huge generators.

And its aim was to provide the most cutting edge methods available for its patients – despite the horrifying way these treatments were carried out.

In its early days, Turkish baths were installed at the hospital, which could house 352 patients, to help treat those suffering from severe depression.

Many of the methods used in the hospital are now considered barbaric
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Epileptic patients were believed to have been put onto vegetarian diets to help with their symptoms.

Some of the rooms were completely padded and special suits were made for patients who would rip there own clothes off, reports Wales Online.

Other treatments given to patients included deep sleep therapy, which would see people deliberately put into a coma as a way of treating their schizophrenia or depression.

Lobotomies were carried out at the hospital
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Byt the 1930s, staff had started to use hypoglycaemic shock therapy, which used insuline to force patients into a coma and could cause convulsions.

In 1941, long after the hospital was built, electric shock treatment was used to treat those who hadn't responded to medication.

A year later, lobotomies were first introduced at Talgarth, where a scalpel was inserted into a patients brain through their eye socket.

Patients were also given electric shock treatment
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This harrowing medical intervention saw nerves in the brain deliberately severed and the method was reportedly widely used in the hospital.

In just two years a total of 24 patients are said to have undergone the brutal surgery after they failed to respond to other treatment.

At least one patient is said to have died because of the surgery and lobotomies were eventually phased out from medical care in the 1970s.

A total of 24 patients received lobotomies at the hospital
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During World War Two, Talgarth Hospital was used to treat wounded soldiers, including those suffering from PTSD.

With just 140 patients, most of them elderly, being treated at the hospital by the early 1990s, the site was also used as an out patient facility for psychology, psychiatry, physiotherapy and chiropody.

The last patients were treated there in 1997 and by 1999 it had been totally abandoned and was sold for £355,000.

There were also workers' cottages at the hospital
(Image: BBC WALES CYMRU)

The Black Mountain Business Park moved onto the site but went into liquidation in 2009 with many of the buildings, like the workers' cottages, sold off by administrators.

Herefordshire based Collins Design & Build bought the remainder of the site in February 2011

In April last year the owners commissioned the company The Urbanist to prepare a development brief for the site.

At that time the company stated: "The site has landscape and historical constraints and the brief was required to progress the development status of the site in local planning policy. 

"Within the Local Development Plan the site was allocated for 93 units, but through the Development Brief this was increased to 127 dwellings."

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