My job takes me to some strange places sometimes.
Whilst covering Cambrian patrol I visited one of the sites the exercise is being run on. It is set in a old mental asylum in Talgarth. I was tasked to cover a wreath-laying ceremony behind a derelict church to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of a soldier. Private John Lewis died on October 20, 1915, while being cared for at a military wing of a hospital in Talgarth in mid-Wales. However, his grave was left untended to for years until a soldier stumbled across it while walking his dog. The wreath was laid by Lieutenant General James Everard, Commander Land Forces.
Lance Corporal Koen Jacob, 1 Rifles bugler, plays The Last Post
Lieutenant General James Everard, Commander Land Forces, places the wreath at Pte Lewis' grave.
The headstone of Private John Lewis
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Once the service had finished I spoke to one of the guys who was staying in the church there for the duration of the exercise. He had a key to get into the hospital grounds and asked me if I wanted to have a look round. I jumped at his offer and we went through the gates.
One of the hallways leading into the hospital
Most of the stairs leading to the upper levels had collapsed
The main auditorium
A ouija board in the auditorium
I looked for a sell by date on this can but it was too rusty to find one.
Wonder what sort of entertainment went on here?
I love doing this urban exploring sort of stuff. It's great to find out about the history about the place then go and see what it is like now. I have visited a few different places over the years including mental hospitals in Bristol, an old quarry in the Midlands but the highlight was getting into the Tajbek palace in Kabul in 2011. I may do a post on that soon.
Thanks for looking!