Stanley Royd Museum & Chapel, Wakefield

Stanley Royd was one of the earliest aslyums built with construction starting in 1816. Work completed in November 1818. It closed in 1996 and has since been converted for residential use. The Stephen Beaumont museum is open from 10am to 4pm on Wednesday’s and provides a unique insight to Aslyum life. The exhibition includes restraining equipment, a padded cell, photographs dating from 1862 plus medical and surgical equipment and documents. More history on Stanley Royd can be found here

The chapel has sat vacant since the closure of the hospital and is almost beyond saving in its current condition.

They Asylum was once known as ‘The West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’ – A name which has been more recently been bounded about by the release of an same titled music album by the UK band Kasabian