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Report - St Lukes Hospital, Huddersfield - July 2011


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Not sure if this is in the correct area being so old and no longer standing.

I was throwing out an old PC and thought I had better check if there was anything i wanted on there. Turns out there was quite a lot of old photos from old explores going back too 2009 ish.

So here we have........


The History:

On the left hand side of Blackmoorfoot Road, St. Luke's Hospital has its origins in the Crosland Moor Workhouse and the original tall Victorian buildings of this institution are easily recognised.


Until fairly recent times, poverty was generally regarded as avoidable and paupers, vagrants and the helpless poor received little understanding and less sympathy. From 1494 able bodied vagrants could be punished by whipping, the loss of an ear or even by hanging and from 1547 they could be branded on the cheek with the letter V (for vagabond).

In 1572, parishes were empowered to elect an Overseer of the Poor who was responsible for administering charitable funds. Twenty-five years later, the Overseer was allowed to levy a Poor Ley (rate) which was used to provide minimal outdoor relief.

The General Workhouse Act of 1723 required parishes to build small workhouses for those unable to benefit from outdoor relief and eventually there were some two thousand of these in England, including five in the Huddersfield district, at Lockwood, Birkby, Kirkheaton, Honley, Golcar and Almondbury.

The next significant move came with the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 which was designed to remove from the community all those who were unable to support themselves, by refusing them outdoor relief and admitting them to the workhouse. Following the Act, parishes were grouped together in new Poor Law Unions and elected Boards of Guardians were made responsible for the day to day management of poor relief. Large new workhouses were built where conditions were unpleasant enough to deter all but the most desperate. Sadly there were many such and although it was not deliberately intended that the workhouse regime they had to endure should be a punishment for being poor or sick or old, inevitably with its segregation of sexes, separation of families, institutional clothing, meagre food and rules of silence, this is precisely what it turned out to be.

The Poor Law Amendment Act was fiercely opposed in the north where it was not implemented until 1837. Even after that date opposition continued, as northerners considered that they knew well enough how to treat their own poor. Locally, for instance, when the parishes of Almondbury, Huddersfield, Kirkburton and Kirkheaton were formed into one large Poor Law Union there was real fear that the poor, the aged and the infirm would be shut up for ever. Poor Law Commissioners who visited Huddersfield in 1837 were give short shrift and meetings of the local Board of Guardians were faced with vociferous and unruly demonstrations. Such strength of feeling could not be ignored and for many years after 1837 the old system of outdoor and indoor relief continued in Huddersfield and other northern towns.

The move towards large centralised Institutions, however, proved unstoppable and on 30th April 1869 the local Board of Guardians met to consider estimates for the erection of a new workhouse on a fifteen acre site at Crosland Moor. Among the tenders accepted were those of A. Graham, mason, £10,382, Fawcett & Sons, joiner, £4,927 and H. Garton, plumber, £1,395. The total estimated cost was £20,208.10s.0d.

The corner-stone of the workhouse, which consisted of a vagrant's ward, an infirmary and a school, was laid by the Chairman of the Board of Guardians, Mr. J. Wrigley, on 7th July 1869. After the opening ceremony on 9th August 1872, arrangements were immediately made to close the old workhouses at Birkby and Kirkheaton.

As time went by, attitudes towards the plight of the poor eased. In 1913, workhouses were renamed Poor Law Institutions and in 1929 the term pauper was officially abolished. From that time, local authorities were encouraged to convert their workhouses into hospitals and infirmaries and in 1930 responsibility for the Crosland Moor Institution was transferred to the Corporation. One of their first moves was to change the name to St. Luke's Hospital although it was to be another four years before its facilities were made generally available. Since then, through many changes of function and status, St. Luke's has cared for those who would previously have been oppressed.

Between January 1953 and October 1972 the running of St. Luke's Hospital was in the capable hands of the Matron, Miss Ellen Simpson (later Mrs. A. Ramsden) who will be remembered with affection by any of our readers who met her whether they were patients or members of staff.

The hospital joined the National Health Service in 1948.

The hospital closed in 2011 and the buildings on the site were partially demolished in early 2015. Planning applications for the 22 acre site include proposals for a mixture of housing and commercial units.

The Explore:
Being as it was 9 years ago nearly I don't remember much except the highlights of the few visits we made over the month of July. First visit we were caught by seca after maybe 20 mins in. Then on the second visit we hid for hours from metal thieves as they tore everything they could from the buildings and dragged it out in old suitcases. they found us in the lift shaft and threatened to call the police...........really??:wanker
We talked our way out of this basically saying we didn't see you and you didn't see us.

The third visit we bumped into some other explorers, i cant remember their names and had forgot all about it till i saw the photos. if you recognise yourself or this story then hi, :thumb
we spent all day in there took loads of pics, so here is a selection of the ones that were in focus.

Plenty of urbex slant to be found ;)




















roof access was interesting, that ceiling was approx 15ft high


Pikeys Nikes







Thanks for looking.


Calamity Jane

i see beauty in the unloved, places & things
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Very nice, glad you found it. Well worth posting. Great shots there & great report.


28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Brilliant !!!!

Always good to see old stuff, now what else did you find lol
Keep an eye out ill try to get them up when I've got time
Whats the procedure for pics when I don't have enough pics / info to make a full report.


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28DL Full Member
As a Huddersfield lad I know St Luke’s really well, indeed I had a relative who was a patient their for some time, today was really young at the time so don’t have any memories of it so can’t remember if I ever actually visited, but such a great site.