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Stanley Royd Asylum Chapel, Wakefield

Second visit to the Stanley Royd Chapel. Something I swore I’d never visit again due to it being one of the most disgusting explores ever!  Having said that it’s almost one of the most beautiful for that majestic stained glass window that really should be preserved in the asylum museum just a few 100 yards away.

Stanley Royd was one of the earliest asylums 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 which is still on the site is open from 10am to 4pm on Wednesday’s and provides a unique insight to asylum life. The exhibition includes restraining equipment, a padded cell, photographs dating from 1862 plus medical and surgical equipment and documents.

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2 comments

  1. My father Dr Peter F Fletcher was the last Medical Superintendent passing away on his eve of retirement
    October 30th 1975, as his son we lived on the grounds of the hospital for many years.
    What I witnessed in those final years of the hospital under the guidance of my father was wonderful.
    The gates were opened the wards except of one were unlocked. Members of the “outside world”
    were invited for monthly luncheons and an “education”
    The” looney bin” became slowly Stanley Royd Hospital!
    My father had his burial service in the hospital chapel. It allowed the staff and patient who loved him to
    attend. It was sad but beautiful, I remember the main stained glass window, which showed the door to
    a new and life free and loving! As my father said his desire was to show the patient how to open the door
    and to just to walk through to that new life!
    Only good memories
    Iain Fletcher
    iainf@comcast.net USA

  2. Sadly the chapel at Stanley Royd has burned down tonight at about 7 pm

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