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    The 1920s saw a name change, from the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum, to the Menston Mental Hospital. It also brought with it a new era in psychiatry, as doctors attempted to cure the mentally ill, instead of simply storing them. The idea of a cure appealed to many patients, and their families, and the use of shock therapy was introduced. Shock therapy was particularly popular, and new Electro convulsive therapy wards were added. This enabled doctors to administer the shock therapy to large numbers of patients in a quicker period of time. No anaesthetic was used during the procedure, and many patients broke or fractured their limbs whilst fitting from the shock.

    Insulin shock therapy was also introduced to patients at High Royds. Doctors informed patients that it would put them in state of mind that would allow “the mind to completely relax.” However, this was far from the truth, and sent many patients screaming in pain, or comatose. This form of shock therapy was quickly phased out, but others, such as the electro convulsive therapy are still in use today. The lobotomy was another popular treatment given to the patients of High Royds, and many of them would walk around the wards aimlessly with two holes at the sides of their heads.

    A truly magnificent example of Vickers Edwards architecture, it is arguably the finest example of the broad arrow layout.

    The administration building, which is Grade II listed, is now considered something of a show piece at the former hospital, which is situated on a 300 acre site at the foot of Rombalds Moor.

    Since its closure, the site has been used as a film set for the film Asylum, as well as for the television series No Angels and Bodies.
    While the site is now in the process of development into houses it is still possible to see some areas. The wonderful administration block is finally getting some tender loving care after a year of neglect which saw many people outraged by blatant lead theft and subsequent water damage to such a beautiful building.

    Perverted predator Jimmy Savile sexually assaulted a victim at High Royds Psychiatric Hospital in 1989

    Most of info from httpa//www.gutsandgore.co.uk/infamous-asylums/high-royds-hospital/














    One of the many corridors

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    when you think you been watched

    Clock

    Love the clock






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    Nicely Done Wappy, I enjoyed it, Thanks
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    Very nice, loving the first clock tower shot.

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    Beautiful tile work,Informative report and great shots.

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    Nice photographs and an interesting write-up as well.
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    Fabulous location but I understand it's now a building site as I'd have loved to do a model shoot here. Great photos

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheEgg51 View Post
    Fabulous location but I understand it's now a building site as I'd have loved to do a model shoot here. Great photos
    Not the admin block the rest of the site has been converted to houses and flats the admin block is the only thing left as far as i know

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    Nice one Wappy, thanks for sharing :)
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    Nice pics but not keen on the editing in the first few. Bit overdone for my liking.
    I love this place and this was the place that got me into urbex photography.
    thanks for sharing

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    Quote Originally Posted by dobbo79 View Post
    Nice pics but not keen on the editing in the first few. Bit overdone for my liking.
    I love this place and this was the place that got me into urbex photography.
    thanks for sharing
    Yeah i know what you mean pal just thought id try something differant but lesson learnt :)

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