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Report - High Royds Hospital, Menston - May 15

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by ledgehammer, May 18, 2015.

  1. ledgehammer

    ledgehammer 28DL Regular User
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    Done to death I know, but I honestly thought this had gone until I read a recent report, so the "state of decay" team paid her a visit... this is how it went...

    History> (Pillaged from Wiki)

    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 closed in 2003 and the site has since been developed for residential use, some of which is in the old hospital buildings.

    The hospital was designed on the broad arrow plan by architect J. Vickers Edwards.[citation needed] 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    In its final years of operation, High Royds had become outdated and unsuited to modern psychiatric practice.As part of Leeds Mental Health's £47 million reprovision process it was closed, with the wards being relocated to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.

    As of 2011, the site was being redeveloped as a new village, also called High Royds, retaining some features of the hospital such as the ballroom and the clock tower.

    >Currently, The site has been mostly redeveloped, with some stunning apartments and houses, except for the middle section which housed the ballroom and the clocktower which is still worth a visit, especially as asylums are going thick and fast...



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    vid to follow...

    best...
     
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  2. Miss Mayhem

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    You have captured it beautifully, your shots
    Are stunning I love that clock.
    Cheers for sharing, lovely report :thumb
     
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    Spot on :thumb
     
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  4. Lancashire lad

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    fantastic , great piks
     
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    :thumb Another cracking set mate very nice.

    I don't know how you managed to cram them all in a day. Well done ;)
     
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    Nice shots mate.
     
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    Cracking set mate.
     
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    Nice shots there pal :thumb cheers for sharing.
     
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    Cool stuff :thumb
     
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    Cheers, a result of good planning, a very early start (didn't beat the sunrise though), and maccy d's breakfast ;-)

    no fails this day also which made all the difference, lots of close calls and cat and mouse, which makes it even more memorable ;-)
     
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    This is the result of the footage, could have done with a tad more light and a later film in truth...
     
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    this is awesome
     
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    Love the video. Are these IR photos? Are they building a housing estate around it now?
     
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    cheers, no just Black and white - we took others but didn't get what we wanted in the ballroom, so had to use the black and white ones. Yep its converted all around - done a nice job too.

    best...
     
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    I went down there today (was passing), it's all sealed off, looks like they've started work on it. Boo :( Anyone know of somewhere else in or around Leeds I could call in to tomorrow? :)
     
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