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High Royds Hospital. February 2015.

Ferox

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Visited this place in February with Urblex. An unexpected mooch that was cut savagely short by the arrival of the police. Looking at the times on my photographs i'd say we where in there for about 15 mins. Oh well, at least we got out and away without incident. Nice looking place what we seen of it. The clock tower looks awesome and imposing as you approach. Quite a busy area we found with residents/workman/dog walkers, maybe during the week was not the best time:p

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In its final years of operation, High Royds had become outdated and unsuited to modern psychiatric practice.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.













Part of the hospital that has been converted.



Thanks for looking.

 

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Shame your visit got cut short, but you got some nice shots there :)

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Flip me you done well in 15 minutes mate! Nice one (y)

This place does seem to attract the rozzers quite well from recent reports, good to see you got away free of bollockings :)

 

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Agreed for15 mins you did very well and good to see the results.

Cool share :jump

 
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Thanks everybody(y) Yeah, we did not do to bad with the limited time we had. Would have loved to see those mosaics though:(

 
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