Upper Downing latterly a care home for the elderly. Formerly a care home for children visited 2019
Urban Exploring (UE) tends to be seen by many as an interest that should be frowned upon. I agree to a certain extent having seen a lot of childish immature offerings made by millennial goontubers, and Instagram idiots. Who think it’s more about them than the actual building/graveyard/ graffiti et all. Never mind the vandals, taggers or thieves. Most of whom lurk on Facebook pages.
As an explorer covering the U.K. and Europe, my aim is to bring an unseen glimpse into places that would otherwise remain silent in decay. I try to take my photographs in as sympathetic a manner as possible, always remembering that I am just a vehicle for other people’s memories. I hope you enjoy my work.
Upper Downing or Downing Ucha' was a very large old country mansion set in secluded grounds and approached by a long drive was opened in 1948 as a home registered under section 37 of the National Assistance Act 1948 for 48 older boys and girls.
The home was administered by the former Flintshire County Council and in the 1971 Regional Plan it was described as providing accommodation for up to 24 children but the intention then was that it should be replaced in 1973 by homes in St Asaph and Prestatyn.
In the event it survived the transfer of responsibility to Clwyd County Council for nearly three years until 31 January 1977. During the 1970’s and 80’s it transpired that major child sex abuse was taking place across North Wales and was subject to a major investigation by the NCA
Lost in Care - Report of the Tribunal of Inquiry into the Abuse of Children in Care in the Former County Council Areas of Gwynedd and Clwyd since 1974 chapter 17.02
Off loaded by the council it was purchased by a private care company for the elderly; it closed and went into administration in 2007
An imposing white building totally trashed internally, with many personal effects and medical records strewn about. My visit in pictures, most of the building was pitch black with just a head torch to get me around.