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Report - High Royds Asylum, Leeds - Feb & March 2015

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by PROJ3CTM4YH3M, Dec 8, 2015.

  1. PROJ3CTM4YH3M

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    High Royds Lunatic Asylum or the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum as it was originally called, is a former psychiatric hospital near the village of Menston in West Yorkshire.
    The broad arrow plan asylum features a large array of stone built wards and interconnecting corridors most of which have been demolished leaving the majority of the old wards as independent buildings most now repurposed as modern apartments.

    The most grand of these buildings, the old administration block which sits at the head of the complex is Grad II listed and is one of the last remaining buildings to be renovated. This building features a large central clock tower which still functions to this day and the main hallways are covered with Italian Mosaic flooring which is intricately decorated with the Yorkshire Rose and black daisies.
    The Asylum opened on the 8th October 1888 and was in full use until a staged closer which began in 2003 following changes to the attitudes towards mental health care in the United Kingdom.

    Our Visit

    Visited withSpider Monkey, Matt Hampshire and Pete ‘Hands’ Costello on another successful SOCC outing :). I’d wanted to see this place for years and after numerous failed attempts in the past I had to take a look once it was back on the scene again. Clearly a lot more of the site has been renovated with only 1 or 2 old wards remaining along with the admin block which are all earmarked for conversion into apartments. Thankfully the Administration Building, the main target of our visit still had plenty of original features left to photograph and I wasn’t disappointed with what there was to shoot. Fortunately the main hall also remained and was accessible via the administration building as well as a few other corridors and kitchen / canteen rooms. Even though I would have loved to have seen this place it its prime I’m glad I managed to finally get to see a little part of it…

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    Higher res copies of the above photos and a few more on my website: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/...m-menston-leeds-west-yorkshire-february-2015/
     
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  2. GRONK

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    Great photos mate, it has changed a lot in such a short time.
     
  3. BrainL

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    Always nice to see this place pop up.. great shots :)
     
  4. bertbanger

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    is this place still standing?
     
  5. BillAnd

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    nicely captured, love the ceramics
     
  6. Zoemilly

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    I was under the impression this place would have gone now, around a year ago I tried to get in here and it was a building site? Flats or something were being built?
     
  7. Wappy

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    No the admin block with clock tower still there it's good explore am due a visit shortly want to climb that clock tower.
     
  8. Zoemilly

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    Oh right, well I'll have to go and have a nosey then :) thanks :thumb
     
  9. Cjurbex

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    Just letting you guys know we went today and its all been bricked up now, and a security guard outside, he told us its currently being transformed into 42 flats, we was hoping to get in today but because of the bricked up entrances and locked doors we waa unable to get in, shame as it would of been a good explore :( i guess we was a few weeks too late its fresh brick..
     
  10. stranton

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    finally there doing something,
    the rest of the site was converted in 2012.
     
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