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Report - High Royds. May 2015.

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Ferox, May 19, 2015.

  1. Ferox

    Ferox 28DL Regular User
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    Visited this place back in February with Urblex. That particular mooch was cut savagely short when we seen the police driving toward the building. We where only in the place for about 15 minutes. So, a re-visit was on the cards. Went with Paul 2129 this time. We had a good look round and managed to see all the bits that I had missed in February which, was pretty much all of it. Really glad I got back here, it's full of great things to see. A great morning.

    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    In its final years of operation, High Royds had become outdated and unsuited to modern psychiatric practice.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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    Thanks For Looking
     
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  2. Paradox

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    you got some lovely shots there thanks for sharing :thumb
     
  3. Ferox

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    Thank you Paradox. Cheers for looking.
     
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    Very nice the building itself is stunning,
    Beautifully captured :thumb
     
  5. Ferox

    Ferox 28DL Regular User
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    Thanks MM :thumbYeah, lovley place this one.
     
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    Your welcome :thumb
     
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    Great stuff mate, gutted i couldn't join you again but glad you got a proper mooch around the place :thumb liking the 8th shot lovely corridor shot is that
     
  8. The Shepshed Diamondback

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    Great place, the clock looks great.
     
  9. Seffy

    Seffy Bally up lads!
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    Nothing like being behind the faces of a clock :D Good work.
     
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    Nice report there mate, well done. :thumb
     
  11. Ferox

    Ferox 28DL Regular User
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    Yeah, it's a awesome place mate.
     
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    Thanks Steff [​IMG]
     
  13. Ferox

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    Nice one Gronk [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks bud [​IMG] Was awesome to see the rest of it.
     
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    Brilliant photos. Are they building a housing estate around it now?
     
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