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High Royds Asylum, Menston

It’s eight years since I last visited high royds. Back then much of the site was still undeveloped and awaiting conversion to housing.  Fast forward 8 years and only the grand administration building remains dormant.  Extensive clean up works to the exterior were carried out a number of years ago but since the internals of the building have continued to decay and it’s generally in a sorry state.  The original clock mechanism has since been replaced with an electrical unit.

High Royds hospital is a now-closed psychiatric hospital in the village of Menston, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. It was first opened on 8 October 1888, as the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum, and was closed on 25 February 2003.

A truly magnificent example of Vickers Edwards architecture, it is arguably the finest example of the broad arrow layout.

The administration building, which is Grade II listed, is now considered something of a show piece at the former hospital, which is situated on a 300 acre site at the foot of Rombalds Moor.

Since its closure, the site has been used as a film set for the film Asylum, as well as for the television series No Angels and Bodies.

 

4 comments

  1. It’s been heavily boarded since my visit. I would give it a miss for now

  2. Is this worth a visit or is it out of bounds to get in and is it pretty much all converted now

  3. I am doing a photographic project on the disused buildings of West Yorkshire. Any chance you could contact me as I have some questions

  4. Absolutely stunning pictures, many thanks.

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