Before The Echoes Fade

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The labyrinth of vast corridors are wide and tall, and the sound of echoing footsteps can lead to disorientation, you are never quite sure where they are coming from.

Fortunately, the subtle light and reflections make them photogenic subjects, with a popular find being the double vanishing points of the twin passages.

Generations of staff have walked these endless corridors.

The introduction of the National Health Service in 1948 transformed the hospital with new decoration and furniture and almost doubling the number of medical staff overnight.

In more recent times since the widespread use of anti-depressant drugs there has been more emphasis in treating sufferers of mental disorders in the community rather than a locked door philosophy.

At the time of closure patient numbers had dwindled to the hundreds with the majority being over 65 years of age.

From The Wharfedale & Airedale Observer 100 Years Ago

A striking commentary on the increase of lunacy is provided by the report of the committee of the Wharfedale Board of Guardians, who recently visited Menston Asylum. There are no less than 106 pauper lunatics in the asylum at the present time from the Wharfedale Poor Law Union area, and of these 29 have been admitted since 1905. Mr Lund, commenting on the report, said lunacy was on the increase; he remembered the time when they had not so many inmates at the asylum from that union. The ratepayers are mulcted in the cost of about £3,000 a year for the maintenance of these poor unfortunate people.

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