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Report - High Royds Asylum, Menston, June 2016

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by TheMythicalBeast, Jun 25, 2016.

  1. TheMythicalBeast

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    The Explore
    After hearing a couple of rumours that this place is currently accessible, @Buffalo and me decided to visit this place, too. It was actually a revisit for her and she was kind enough to show me around :D

    The History
    High Royds Hospital is a former psychiatric hospital, placed near Menston, Ilkley but still belonging to the city of Leeds.

    The gothic-styled building was designed by architect J. Vickers Edwards and was formally opened on 8th October 1888 as one of the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum hospitals. The hospital provided many facilities such as library, surgery, shop, post office, butchery and many more.

    During its many years of operation, there have been many reports of violence and bad conditions at the High Royds Hospital. This includes Jimmy Savile's assaults in 1988 during the 100th year celebrations, where staff and patients claimed that he has "groped" them and even asked a porter if there was a room that Savile could go to if he "pulled one of the nurses".

    The conditions at High Royds became cramped and not suited for modern medicine during its last years. This, along with suspected murders and violence, is most likely the reason for the hospital's closure in 2003. The closure was a part of Leeds Mental Health's £47 million reprovision process where the wards have been relocated to different hospitals (including St. James' and the Mount) across Leeds. The site was later used as film sets and even songs were written about the former hospital.

    As of today, the site is being turned into flats and the only building left is the admin building with the clocktower. It is said that the clocktower and the ball room will be left, however everything else is being changed. The site is also said to be a council estate now.

    The Pictures
    Once again, they aren't the best (phone camera :() but I'm working on getting a good camera! Hopefully I'll get it soon, but for now you'll have to excuse the quality.

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    Thanks for reading!
     
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  2. Buffalo

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    Nice pics!
     
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    Thanks :D
     
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    I'm still amazed this just sits there, the rest was such a well thought out sympathetic conversion, I feel like they have fallen at the final hurdle.
     
  5. TheMythicalBeast

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    Well, it's good for us who still want to visit this place
     
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    Not sure they know what to do with it, but yeah weird given all the work they did on the outside. I'm guessing it might sit dormant for a little while longer right now.
     
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    well done. I do like this place. I cant believe its just been left either.
     
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    When I was there, they already started working on some rooms and I know that they want to leave the clocktower and the ball room. There probably isn't a long time left for this place, at least not for how it looked like before.
     
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    Yeah this place is really nice, I was suprised that they haven't done anything with it for 13 years
     
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    Nicely done :thumb
    Your snaps are nice, considering you've used your phone
     
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    Nice post I've seen loads about high royds and love seeing how it changes every time it's visited
     
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    It's visited pretty often currently which is understandable considering the state it is in now, seems like it's going to be completely changed soon :(
     
  13. TheMythicalBeast

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    Thanks! :)
     
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    No builders around there anymore?
    It's a cool place, went a bit back :)
     
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    Good effort, great pics too from a phone :thumb Just shows you can still take good photos without a fancy DSLR.
     
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