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    Default Pinderfields Hospital


    About one third of this site has been developed into housing. Another third is still a working hospital, even on a Sunday busy with visitors etc. The remaining third is in a sort of limbo or stasis. Not working, but not yet closed. Disused, but not yet derelict. In some places there may be a light on, or a van outside, but it looks as if no real care or maintenance has gone on in years. No fences or boards, but I guess it won't be long before they appear.

    Don't know what the plans are for here. Maybe it would look busier during the week. Also a very nice disused church in the grounds.



    This gives a general view of the style of architecture;



    They haven't even bothered to shut the windows;



    It looks like it may be being used for some occasional storage;



    Sadly, it doesn't look like this will open again;

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    Hi Rikj,

    The buildings whown in your photos are in fact part of what used to be Stanley Royd Hospital/Wakefield Asylum which had opened in 1818, closed in 1996. Stanley Royd used to occupy the entire site until WWII when some huts were built and the echelon-style acute hospital was requisitioned for the Emergency medical service - theses were never handed back as such and became Pinderfields General hospital in 1948.

    The big block nearest the asylum chapel was the original main building with a massive extension going west which was demolished. I believe the remaining buildings are still in use by various storage/laundry/engineering depts and services although that may have changed since i visited. The white brick building was called 'Netherfield'.

    Stanley Royd is forever nationally known in nursing due to an outbreak of Salmonella poisoning in 1983 originating in the now demolished kitchens which claimed over 30 lives.

    Pete
    30+ lives and affected 355 pts and staff across 35 wards
    County Asylums England's Asylums and Mental Hospitals

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    bird flu aside pete ;) would the disused church rikj is talking about be the old asylum chapel? the site looks quite like a building site from your pics, is it mid coversion to something?

    sam

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    Cheers for the info Pete. It's difficult to tell what's going on there, especially as I drove thru on a Sunday. I'm guessing the NHS use could be coming to an end just looking at the poor state of the fabric, though you're right, something is still going on in some buildings.

    Sam, I'm pretty sure the church isn't the asylum chapel as it's on the other side of the developed bit and possibly not even in the hospital grounds. Just mentioned it out of interest.

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    Rikj & Sam,

    If the chapel is the one located on the grassy area at the corner of Stanley Road and Eastmoor Road, then it was the asylum chapel. It was built in 1861 and dedicated to St.Faith. The last i saw it was surrounded by Heras fencing and disused but intact.



    As for why the site looks dishevelled, Pinderfields is due to be redeveloped under a private finance initiative.
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