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Cookridge Hospital, Leeds. May 2015

Ferox

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Would have been rude not to nip in here while in the area. Again visited with Paul 2129, great morning this mate. Really not that much left here now and what is still there to explore is in a right state. Still, some interesting things left to see and alot of peeling paint. Glad I seen what's left. Nice little mooch.

Cookridge Hospital is located near Horsforth and Cookridge in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Designed and built in a Gothic vernacular style in 1869. It has provided cutting edge cancer treatment since 1952 but has been replaced with a £220m cancer centre at St James Hospital, which is now one of the largest of its kind in Europe and has about 1,600 staff.

Originally known as Cookridge Convalescent Hospital it was built at a cost of £10,000 to provide care and to promote recovery for patients who had been treated at Leeds General Infirmary. The area of Cookridge was chosen as it was a remote location from Leeds, 'where patients could be cheered up among the bracken and pure air'. The urban sprawl of Leeds soon engulfed Cookridge. John Metcalfe Smith of Beckett's Bank in Leeds, donated much of the money towards the building of the convalescent hospital.

As it was built in the days before the NHS, the patients had to pay for their own care. It cost approximately eight shillings a week for a three week stay but there was some charity, benefactors provided free beds for the needy. This was not an easy stay for the patients, they had to abide by a list of rules which remained the same until 1934. One of the rules was to 'obey the Matron and to perform all services in the house and grounds as she may appoint'.

The hospital played an important role in the World Wars; the hospital was requisitioned for the care of wounded servicemen. It briefly housed the Leeds Maternity Hospital in 1939.

In 1929 small scale experiments using radiation started in the treatment of cancer at the Cookridge but it wasn't till after World War II that the hospital embraced cancer treatment and patients. Leeds Regional Hospital Board took over the hospital, redeveloping the original convalescent hospital and building a new complex during the 1950s and 1960s.

The hospital continued to be at the forefront of cancer research and developed new technology as well as pioneering better, more effective treatments which improved the chance of survival in patients.

Finally the hospital grew too small, the outdated buildings could not support further growth so the hospital was abandoned in 2008 and sold.

The Met Police used the hospital for training purposes for a while.

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Thanks For Looking (y)

 

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A proper old school Hospital now in a high level of decay in such a short period of time.

Nice work there (y)

 

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A proper old school Hospital now in a high level of decay in such a short period of time.Nice work there (y)
Thanks S.K (y) Was thinking that myself about the decay level in the short time period. Rapid.

 

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Apart from the STOOPID tags, its still lookin really nice! (y)
Glad you still like the look of the place P.S. Thanks for looking (y)

 

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Liking that circular skylight and the lighting in pic 6. Nice level of peeliness in there too. Cheers for posting mate (y)

 

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Cool set, i can see that some one has recently done some graffiti on the walls! was not there when i went about 8 weeks ago

 

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wrecked and a shadow of its former self but still a decent wander! shame about the new graf

 

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Liking that circular skylight and the lighting in pic 6. Nice level of peeliness in there too. Cheers for posting mate (y)
Cheers mate (y) Yeah, was peeling madness in there.

 

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Cool set, i can see that some one has recently done some graffiti on the walls! was not there when i went about 8 weeks ago
Thanks Si (y) Yeah, afew people have said the graffiti is a new addition. Bloody clowns.

 

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wrecked and a shadow of its former self but still a decent wander! shame about the new graf
Thanks for looking P.M (y) Still not a bad little mooch.

 
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