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High Royds was one of the last remaining psychiatric hospitals of its kind still functioning when it closed in Febuary 2003. Opening on 8 October 1888 it was then known as West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum. It was the third establishment of its kind in the former West Riding of Yorkshire,
The hospital site included at one stage a library, surgery, dispensary, ballroom, butchers, dairies, bakers and even its own railway. By the 1930’s a sweetshop, cobbler, upholsterer and a tailor were all added turning the hospital into a small self-contained village.

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  1. phill.d 78 months ago | reply

    You know about the bad boys been more fun of course then Claire?

  2. Lady Wulfrun 78 months ago | reply

    Of course I do, did I ever tell you about the time I was in a mixed prison....

  3. phill.d 78 months ago | reply

    Hey.. Your a little bugger miss. I'm going to fff flickr mail you. dam stutter :-)

  4. Kristbjorg! 78 months ago | reply

    Great picture!

  5. phill.d 78 months ago | reply

    thanks Krisjborg!

  6. .................................................. [deleted] 78 months ago | reply

    it's a beautiful building... why don't they change it's function...if no more lunatics in these days at all..hm?

  7. phill.d 78 months ago | reply

    It will be made into flats and offices Csilla :-)

  8. deantor11 78 months ago | reply

    OMG I used to visit the place when it was open. It was just as scary with the inmates and just as sad..........Great images.

  9. phill.d 78 months ago | reply

    Thanks for the compliments Deantor :-)

  10. digitalpiracy 77 months ago | reply

    the lunatics are on the grass
    the lunatics are on the grass
    Remembering games and daisy chains and laughs.
    Got to keep the loonies on the path

  11. Kanpai girl 71 months ago | reply

    I heard someone is doing photography & making a book about High Royds & it's history. I just wondered if it was anything to do with you?
    It's big gossip at the social club there

  12. phill.d 71 months ago | reply

    No it's not me.. I've ideas in mind but High Royds isn't one of them.

  13. andre govia. 65 months ago | reply

    WoW great shot with first class use of tone 10/10

    www.missionabandoned.com

  14. Urban Outlaw 65 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Derelict Leeds, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  15. alice.gordon 54 months ago | reply

    My friend has memories from being very small and skateboarding up and down the long disused corridoors with her aunt who was being treated there at the time, a few years before it was completely shut down. nice shot!

  16. Steve carr photography (aka steve2catz) 52 months ago | reply

    great photostream i just spent 30mins without realising the time gone by keep up the great history work

  17. Wiggysan... 28 months ago | reply

    Such an amazing building.

  18. James Stubbs Photography 22 months ago | reply

    Does this place still stand ?

  19. James Stubbs Photography 22 months ago | reply

    Thanks for the info might be worth a visit

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