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Report - High Royds - Wards 22-24 Melbeck, Deepdale, Rhylstone & Infectious Hospital - Sep 10

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by jST, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. jST

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    Visited with KooK after a frustrating prowl and climb around the perimeter of an unknown Victorian industrial complex over near Bramley we decided to give 'Royds another crack. Again, without the full extensive knowledge of what was accessible or had been converted/demolished we had a good tramp around and found our way into a couple of the blocks.

    First was the children's block, totally trashed, dark and without much merit and therefore no photos.

    Second was what turned out to be the infectious diseases ward (oddly etched with Police on some windows) which was housed in a remote building to the north of the main complex. Lots of peely paint and corridor goodness, not seen photos from this building before so it was quite a nice little surprise. The first floor gave a little under the combined weight of two explorers and a hasty retreat was beaten...!

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    Thirdly we stumbled into Wards 22-24 Melbeck, Deepdale, Rhylstone thanks to contractors working at the other side of the building tearing ducting and piping from the service tunnels leaving gates open. Bare inside and ready for conversion it was still nice to see the spaces. After an attempt to access the remains of the boiler house we scuttled off round the rest of the perimeter to find that the admin was once again accessible... albeit past three working diggers, a task for another day when their operators are eating butties/drinking tea/looking the other way.

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    I wish I knew why they'd painted these rooms black, hardly conducive to providing a nice atmosphere for patients.

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    http://www.highroydsarchive.co.uk/id16.html An interesting and very detailed account of those housed in Wards 22-24 is given here by a retired staff nurse.

    Once again, as with other visits, we spotted the security midgets on their rounds. A friendly wave from outside the secure boundaries was given, not sure it was appreciated... round to the mortuary car park where we'd left the mystery mobile and off back through the depressingly shite new schlock housing that's been thrown up... Adios 'Royds for another day.

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    Thanks for looking – J.
     

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  2. KooK

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    Re: High Royds - Wards 22-24 Melbeck, Deepdale, Rhylstone & Infectious Hospital - Sep

    Nice write up J and great photos as usual :D

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    Beware of wandering hands.
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    Beautiful old meets horrible newness
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    If only the patients knew that's all they had to do!
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    One of the old wards in the infectious diseases unit, you can see the bedlights and where the curtain rails were.
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    Linen closet that contained an area for undergarments.
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    Not sure I'd want to use that exit...
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    Thanks for looking :thumb
     
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