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Report - High Royds Asylum - Menston - July 2015

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Bigian88, Jul 4, 2015.

  1. Bigian88

    Bigian88 The Massive Mancunian
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    The Visit

    Visited recently with @BrainL, Once inside, we were massively underwhelmed by the content (or lack of) in ther front building which is disappointing as it looks so good from the outside. Thankfully the rest of the building towards the rear are far more interesting to explore and take pictures of .

    Sadly very little remains as most of the estate has been converted to housing but it was a beautiful day and a nice little explore nonetheless.

    *No tour buses were seen during this explore ;)


    The History


    High Royds Hospital is a former psychiatric hospital south of the village of Menston, West Yorkshire, England. The hospital is located within in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough and was first opened on 8 October 1888 as the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum. The hospital was designed on the broad arrow plan by architect J. Vickers Edwards. The 300 acre (1.2 km²) estate on which the asylum was built was purchased by the West Riding Justices for £18,000 in 1885 and the large gothic complex of stone buildings was formally opened on 8 October 1888. The administration building, which is Grade II listed, features an Italian mosaic floor in the main corridor which is intricately decorated with the Yorkshire Rose and black daisies - the latter of which provided inspiration for the title of Black Daisies a television screenplay, filmed at High Royds, which took as its subject the experiences of sufferers of Alzheimers disease.

    The hospital was intended to be largely self-sufficient, and was provided with its own library, surgery, dispensary, butchery, dairies, bakery, shop, upholster's and cobbler's workshops and a large estate partly devoted to agriculture and market gardening. The patients lived in wards and if they were able, were expected to work towards their keep either on the farm, in the kitchens and laundry, or in various handicrafts. The hospital was formerly connected to the Wharfedale railway line by its own small railway system, the High Royds Hospital Railway, but this was closed in 1951.

    In its final years of operation, High Royds had become outdated and unsuited to modern psychiatric practice. As part of Leeds Mental Health's £47 million reprovision process it was closed, with the wards being relocated to various community mental health units within the city of Leeds in the three years leading up to its closure. These include the Becklin Centre in St James' Hospital and the Mount in the city centre. The hospital was closed in stages between 25 February 2003 and June of the same year.

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    The Photos

    Some of the rooms and features at the front of the main building

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    and finally, the obligatory front shot

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  2. Speed

    Speed Got Epic?
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    No clock?

    Sad to see that window put through, looks alot like an explorer access hole which is a shame
     
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  3. Lancashire lad

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    please tell me you did the clock tower?? nice piks tho chief
     
  4. solidsneek

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    This looks awesome I find asylums really fascinating to think what happened in there once upon a time. One day I have a feeling something Terrifying maybe found somewhere..
     
  5. Speed

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    Doubtful. Most asylums are long gone now and after exploring nearly 50 over the years ive never seen anything remotely terrifying
     
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    I think it's the idea of finding something like what you see in the films. It's just interesting to think that.
     
  7. Bigian88

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    Sadly not, the entrance to the clock tower has been sealed with a few thick sheets of MDF and about 50 screws :(
     
  8. Paradox

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    Yeah I like this :D Lovely pics again :thumb
     
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    It's the window at the top of the main stairs in the admin block and is at a pretty high level, unless it has been smashed to gain access to a roof to nick lead? I remember them replacing most of the lead with EPDM tape about 5 years ago so whoever tried that will be disappointed.

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  10. GRONK

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    Nice to see it again, before It is converted.
     
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  11. FreshFingers

    FreshFingers Choose life, choose tunnels
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    A fine example of Chaos Theory...possibly.

    A nice set however :thumb
     
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  12. Miss Mayhem

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    Beautifully captured,
    You have really nice shots there :thumb
     
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  13. Joshuwaa

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    Does anyone know the status of this building, is it still accessible? Would love to go check it out!
     
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  14. Bigian88

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    This was very recent, its still accessible ;)
     
  15. Sneaky_d

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    Top quality shots, very nice report.
     
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