Voices, September 2013Frank Griffiths, Chairman Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation TrustNiccola Swan, Executive Director, Leeds 'Mind'Chris Butler, Chief Executive Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation TrustVoices - September 2013Voices September 2013Voices September 2013


‘Voices’  Published 23, September 2013

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High Royds Memorial Garden Open Day 6 July  2013

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Out Now…  The West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum – Through Time.  Available at all good bookshops and online at Amazon and Waterstones.

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The Memorial Garden - October 17, 2012

An introduction, Tom Booth, 41 years service, 1954 – 1995.

When contemplating the lifetime/history of High Royds and its contribution to the care of the mentally ill it is well to remember that ‘success is a journey not a destination’.  Though the search for knowledge and guidance in the provision of care continues, those involved in High Royds History can look back with pride and forward with hope…  

The increase in the knowledge of all staff involved in the treatment and care and the changes in practice over the last sixty years have seen the focus of care move from hospital to community; from a Medical Model (passive) to holistic care; from custodial care (passive) to a therapeutically active approach. These demonstrate that what we do about a problem is determined by how we view that problem.

High Royds Memorial Garden Residents Publication - October 2012When love and skill work together, expect a masterpieceQuality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort.My buildings will be my legacy... they will speak for me long after I'm gone.  J Vickers Edwards..Pott's finest.Magnificent..Our duty is to preserve what the past has had to say for itself, and to say for ourselves what shall be true for the futureAysgarth, Ward 15 and 16 October 2008MomentosLocation, location, locationThe east tower High Royds Double Aspect Corridor 2007 A Ford Popular parked outside as a chap stood with his bike lights a cigarette. The front doors are open, welcome to High royds hospital on this fine Summers day in June 1965.Introducing, Albert Edward WaiteBuckle Lane Chapel September 2008The gated corridor 2009Dancing cheek to cheek..Setting a grand exampleTools of the tradeIn Splendid IsolationYour Hospital Committee, 1974 Stretch into the sunset and say good-bye.Memorial to the fallen, sadly stolen by metal thieves in 2009Deep inside these splendid corridors I walk again..Hallowed Ground..JAMES R. WHITWELL,M.B., Assistant Medical Officer,West Biding. Asylum Menston 1888Nursing Staff, circa 1900 The imagination is never governed, it is always the ruling and divine powerTake out a penny and clasp it in your hand,  Scan the jars of humbugs and strawberry lace strandsBallroom decorClock tower November 28, 2010The Clock tower, 2008Menston asylum, artists impression, Herbert MartinWest Riding AsylumAll decked outIn splendid comfortStanding on the edge of everything..When we were youngDressed to kill, January 2011Admitting nothing but sarcasm I'll see you on the dark side of the moonGive a little..Exploring the eternal corridors of the mind.Tainted forever within and without. Though they go mad they shall be sane.Remembering games and daisy chainsAnd went to climb at the water tower..I’ll fix the latch when I get the time.The eternal corridors of the mindNorman HancockA stranger has come to share my room.The fog is an illusion,  A master of disguise,  Which hides the tangible  Before all our very eyes. When you and I were young You alone can hear the invisible footstepsCobblers - Shoe making tools When we build, let us think that we build for everThe cupboards are bare..let it be pantomime, this last peep show,Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end. Climbing up the back stairs There's a chill wind in the air..AutumnAnd the band played on.Interview roomWhat happened to Jones Double aspectasylum wallpaper Menston mental hospital 1939 Let it snow, let it snow..Occupational TherapyMen talk of killing time, while time quietly kills themJack FrostAnnual sports day 1914Dead centre 1985Clock tower November 27, 2010 Telephone exchange,1971asylum buttons The whistlerDr R McDonald making a presentation to Dr R W Carty on Dr Cartys retirement.Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. Hare and Hounds Menston, 1943South facing aspect.Central Hall The management, 1937Clifton - Denton 1965 Clock Tower July 2010All out..Dr Walker assistant Superintendent, far left Hospital electric trainFemale ward, Escroft 1962 Football team 1945 Gated corridor, a leftover prop from the film 'Asylum'Green MileHigh Royds emergency war hospital High Royds emergency war hospital High Royds 1962 The clock tower undergoing restoration April 10, 2010 Nestled In..And death shall have no dominion.  The war memorial pictured in 2008, this has sadly been stolen and weighed in for scrap.Isabelle DuesberyStained glass in the Medical Superintendents house.The laundry corridor 1962 Leg up, High Royds emergency war hospitalMenston asylum ballroom A long dead Asylum attendant pictured in 1914 EchoesMale dining room High Royds emergency war hospitalMembers of the hospital staff dance orchestra Stained glass panel Nurses and patients 1938Menston AsylumPatients bank, 2009Patients shop, 2008Buckle Lane Memorial GardenShadows Patients shop accessed via the door to the left. The kitchen 1930'sCentral corridor 2009Do you see the world through troubled eyes. Training 1962 In Flanders fields the poppies blow  Between the crosses, row on row That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.Ward 15Ward 16, 1914 Works department staff 1925

Archive Images, Watch the birdie..!

This website would not the resource it is without the contributions from the people that quite literally made their own history. 

Be it Service User, staff or visitor we welcome all input..


Confined Spaces


SPEECH BY MR W. MOORHOUSE  Chairman of the Wakefield Board of Guardians

He said –  This is one of the most urgent and most difficult of the many social problems confronting us today.

It is, however, satisfactory to find that most earnest efforts are being made to grapple with it, and to realize that the elimination of degenerate stock is the way to preserve a high standard of racial vigour….

General Question of the Care and Control of the Feeble Minded

Delivered at a Meeting of the Finance and General Purposes Committee  February 1, 1911



The first International Eugenic Congress is to be held at the University  of London, July 24th to 30th, 1912 under the Presidency of Major Leonard Darwin, and organized by the Eugenics Education Society.

Consideration Of The Practical Applications of Eugenic Principles.

Prevention of the propagation of the unfit by segregation and sterilization. Voluntary restriction of the propagation of the unsound. The encouragement of the propagation of the fit. Promulgation of the Eugenic Ideal. The place of Eugenics in Educational Systems.


“There they stand, isolated, majestic, imperious, brooded over by the gigantic water – tower and chimney combined, rising unmistakable and daunting out of the countryside”

Enoch Powell, health minister, Brighton 1961, his historic “water Tower” Speech.

Tracing Ancestors.

Tracing your Ancestors

Unfortunately I do not hold any Medical Records in reference to the hospital but I do have a complete list of all the people buried at the Buckle Lane Cemetery Menston and can check any names you provide.  For this please email me at, mark.mdavis@gmail.com

However by contacting the West Yorkshire Archive Service Newstead Road,Wakefield information may be available, West Yorkshire Archive Service 

The public is permitted access to any records 100 years old or older; access to more recent records is restricted.

If you are requesting personal information about a relative who has died within the last 100 years you may be asked to provide proof of this relationship in the form of death and birth certificates and letters of permission from the personal representative of the deceased.

This situation is that basically, records between 30 – 100 years old are indeed restricted, but that access can be facilitated via application to the NHS Trusts via the West Yorkshire Archive Service at Wakefield.

When the West Yorkshire Archive Service at Wakefield have responded initially to say the request has been received, a formal response will be issued within 30 working days as permitted by the Freedom of Information (Time for Compliance with Request) Regulations 2004 (S.I. 2004/3364).  This allows time for the assessment of the request under the terms of FOIA, including consultation with the relevant NHS Trust, and the application of a public interest test where relevant.

 Where access is permitted, West Yorkshire Archive Service needs to ensure that enquirers only have access to information to which no valid exemption applies.  This may mean that it is not possible to grant access to the original physical record but that access to the information may be given by transcribing the relevant sections or by providing a photocopy with exempt information blanked out.

As far as hospital records go, there are many surviving, particularly admission and discharge registers, and the location and scope of such records can be traced via the Hospital Records Database.

National Archives Hospital Database

Do let me know how you get on.


Please use this link  Wakefield Asylum Website to visit the website devoted to the former Wakefield Asylum (Stanley Royd Hospital)