Visited with Gone and Morse
Morse was back in town, so we headed out to Leeds to check out a few things.High Royds was first on our list. We wandered around the grounds of the derelict asylum, to find a large part of it, including what was once a beautiful long corridor, has now been demolished, and more is soon to be. We carried on and after a couple of bum-steers and checking out the admin building for bloody ages we found our point of access, and made our way in one at a time - to find ourselves greeted by intricately detailed corridors with mosaic floors and a large, colourful ballroom.
Opened on 8th October 1888, under the name West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum, and was closed in 2003. The Grade II listed Administration building is now considered a show-piece - with its detailed Italian mosaic floor which features the Yorkshire rose and black daisies, a clock tower, and a ballroom.
The asylum used to contain wards for patient accommodation, a library, surgery, dispensary, butchers, dairies, bakery, a sweetshop, an upholsterers and a railway (the High Royds Hospital Railway - connected to the Wharfedale railway line).
We almost walked away from this place without getting in, but being a bit cheeky / ballsy certainly paid off in this case. Unfortunately access to the clock tower seems to be sealed.
An amazing piece of architecture