I just couldn't resist posting one more shot taken from this angle on the main entrance corridor. The reason for its extravagant decor and majestic size is due to its position at the very heart of High Royds.
This hospital was one of the four West Riding County Asylums of the period. It was important in the pioneering use of the 'echelon plan', for it was only the second lunatic asylum in England to be built to this design. The use of the echelon plan meant that all wards could have south-facing views and that the different types of patients would be entirely separated. At High Royds one side of the hospital catered for men, the other for women, wards for the sick and infirm were in the centre for ease of nursing, epileptics were to the sides where 'they could be least disruptive’, and incurable patients were at the rear. The hospital was completely isolated when it was built, and it functioned as a virtually self-sufficient community.
(Thanks go to Leeds Civic Trust for this information.)