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Default High Royds - West Ridings Pauper Lunatic Asylum April 2011 - 03-05-2011, 21:35

This site seems to operate a revolving door system for explorers - there always seem to be people walking nearby with tripods. And security doing their hourly checks, hot on their heels.

High Royds Asylum in West Yorkshire first opened in 1888 as the West Ridings Pauper Lunatic Asylum, and finally closed in 2003. The site is now under conversion into an accommodation village, and therefore most of the original asylum building is locked down and completely unaccessible. The hospital has been the focus of musical attention, with the Kaiser Chiefs writing a song called "Highroyds" and Kasabian naming their album West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum.

Through the bluebell carpeted woods, lies the hospital pump-house. The woods, despite being colourful and bright, still possess a very sombre atmosphere - as many of the asylum patients escaped into the woods to hang themselves.

The newly refurbished Memorial Garden lies along the side of the railway, and to anybody looking in, they would see what looks like an empty field. This "empty field" is in fact a burial ground for 2861 people from the asylum, lying in unmarked graves. There are only 4 headstones in the entire cemetary. Sadly, some of the famillies were too poor to take the bodies back and give them a proper funeral, so the bodies were buried here. Even sadder is the fact that madness was seen to be hereditary, so some family left their patient at the asylum never to be thought of again.













































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Default 03-05-2011, 23:51

good explore just reading up on the history now never heard of this place before
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Default 03-05-2011, 23:58

It's a good little site - amazing clocktower, but only one access point and security checks on the hour mean it's a tough one to get around. And there's the panic of getting out again - via the pitch black underground network!

Some of the guys I was with got to the clocktower, just as security came in through the front door. One girl was trapped in a block and couldn't get out as all the doors and windows were sealed. Imagine being trapped in an asylum!

So my advice would be to know the layout, and remember which route you came in!
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Default 04-05-2011, 00:01

christ im gonna have to go with some one whos been before then!
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Default 13-05-2011, 23:20

No admin shots? We did the admin/main hall/ clocktower a few weeks back, and it's by far the best bit!
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