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Report - Cookridge Hospital Leeds, August 2015

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by PoisonedYouth, Aug 20, 2015.

  1. PoisonedYouth

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    History:
    Cookridge Hospital is located near Horsforth and Cookridge in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Built in a Gothic vernacular style, it opened in 1869 to provide a place for patients treated at Leeds General Infirmary to continue their recovery. John Metcalfe Smith of Beckett's Bank donated a large sum towards the £10,000 cost and the remote rural area of Cookridge was chosen as an ideal location for recuperation, 'where patients could be cheered up among the bracken and pure air'. It has provided cutting edge cancer treatment since 1952 but has been replaced with a £220m cancer centre at St James Hospital, which is now one of the largest of its kind in Europe and has about 1,600 staff.

    As it was built in the days before the NHS, the patients had to pay for their own care. It cost approximately eight shillings a week for a three week stay but there was some charity, benefactors provided free beds for the needy. This was not an easy stay for the patients, they had to abide by a list of rules which remained the same until 1934. One of the rules was to 'obey the Matron and to perform all services in the house and grounds as she may appoint'.

    The hospital played an important role in the World Wars; the hospital was requisitioned for the care of wounded servicemen in 1919. It briefly housed the Leeds Maternity Hospital in 1939.

    In 1929 small scale experiments using radiation started in the treatment of cancer at the Cookridge but it wasn't till after World War II that the hospital embraced cancer treatment and patients. Leeds Regional Hospital Board took over the hospital, redeveloping the original convalescent hospital and building a new complex during the 1950s and 1960s. The 'High Energy Radiation Centre', provided new ways forward in the treatment of patients with tumours and was opened by Princess Mary, the Princess Royal, on the 15th May, 1956. The princess was accompanied on her tour of inspection by the Matron, Miss Jackson.

    Finally the hospital grew too small, the outdated buildings could not support further growth so the hospital was abandoned in 2008 and sold to be redeveloped as housing.


    The Explore:
    After exploring the area for a while we eventually found a way in. Entry into the mental health building was fairly easy - though we couldn't get into the main building. A torch was necessary as it was late evening on a gloomy day. The building itself is in a bad way but its still has recognisable hospital features. Creepy atmosphere, definitely worth checking out.

    a bit pic heavy .

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  2. Tawny Fawn

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    Great report, really good photos! They give so much atmosphere, it looks way creepy as an explore though :eek:
     
  3. PoisonedYouth

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    Thanks! It was a super creepy explore but that added to the experience! We didn't stay too long as it was getting dark and really didn't fancy being in there when it was pitch black.Glad you enjoyed the photos. :D
     
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    Wonder who the idiot with the spray paint was? haha

    Nice pics though mate, I quite enjoyed this place myself :)
     
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    Cool pics, definitely have to add this to our list :D
     
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    Thanks guys! The graffiti was actually quite amusing - added to it.

    Deffo check it out looks like they're starting to convert it into housing though!
     
  7. Psyanescence

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    Brilliant photos. Will have to pop back up to Leeds soon - seems like there's so much to do there!
     
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    Thanks!
    Yes we are new to it, but hoping to do more obscure buildings around the area!
     
  9. Psyanescence

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    I'm pretty new to urbex myself haha. Good luck with the other buildings, looking forward to seeing what you get up to!
     
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  10. Valiant

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    Cracking photos mate. I'm only in Bradford, gonna have to pop across for an explore.
     
  11. PoisonedYouth

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    We are about half an hour out of Bradford, do you have any suggestions in or nearby?
    Thanks for the feedback!
     
  12. hamtagger

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    Poor Ida's mum lol

    Some nice peely there :)
     
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