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Report - High Royds Hospital, Menston, April 2011

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by catbalou, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. catbalou

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    Went to High Royds with Sed recently, but was disappointed we didnt get into the main 'attraction' of admin and clock tower as we were spotted by workers.. I think they probably clocked me on camera in one of their demo-machine-thingummyjigs, so probably a bad move but it was left unattended and couldnt resist climbing in.

    A return trip has to be done, as I refuse to be beaten by not getting in to see the clocktower and main hall.

    It started out as a bit of a wash-out, with it being rainy and stuck behind a fence in what appeared to be the swampland from hell...ducking from no less than 3 police cars trundling around the place(Ive still absolutely NO idea why they were there)... we decided to make a run for it between the cars patrols and check out the other buildings, making our way around the site.

    The History Bit: -
    High Royds Hospital is a psychiatric hospital in Menston, West Yorkshire. It opened in 1888 as the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Aslyum and closed in 2003.
    The asylum design was the broad arrow plan, designed by J Vickers Edwards - surveyor to the county of West Riding of Yorkshire.

    WW2 saw the hospital's highest patient population - 2420, in 1945 with a ratio of 3 staff to 75 patients at that time.
    The last burial at High Royds was in 1969, and apparently nearly 3000 people lie in unmarked graves.

    As it stands now, the site is still being re-developed into new homes, which began in 2008. On a personal note, I like the idea that money is being spent on the conversion of these asylums, which are listed buildings, rather than demolishing the entire site as so many other asylums have fallen prey to.

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