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Report - High Royds Mental Aslyum, Menston August 2015. (Children's ward)

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by LancashireExplorations, Aug 18, 2015.

  1. LancashireExplorations

    LancashireExplorations 28DL Regular User
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    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    In its final years of operation, High Royds had become outdated and unsuited to modern psychiatric practice.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.

    The Explore

    After having no luck getting into anywhere else on this day, me, @godgp78, @Lancashire lad and a non member, we decided to try getting in here, unfortunately we could only access the children's ward and least to say the access to that was very... erm... hidden..

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  2. Vulex

    Vulex 28DL Regular User
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    Jul 23, 2015
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    Nice building, it looks very gutted though, shame!
  3. Will Knot

    Will Knot 28DL Regular User
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    Nice report...not done that side...mmmm...might have to pay another visit ;)
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