High Royds Asylum / Hospital – Menston, West Yorkshire is a former psychiatric hospital. The administration building, which is Grade II listed, features an Italian mosaic floor in the main corridor which is intricately decorated with the Yorkshire Rose and black daisies – the latter of which provided inspiration for the title of Black Daisies a television screenplay, filmed at High Royds, which took as its subject the experiences of sufferers of Alzheimers disease.
In its final years of operation, High Royds Asylum / Hospital – Menston had become outdated and unsuited to modern psychiatric practice.[according to whom?] As part of Leeds Mental Health’s £47 million reprovision process it was closed, with the wards being relocated to various community mental health units within the city of Leeds in the three years leading up to its closure. These include the Becklin Centre in St James’ Hospital and the Mount in the city centre. The hospital was closed in stages between 25 February 2003 and June of the same year.
We visited High Royds during one of recent “Up north tours”. While half the crew were recovering after a heavy night on the town celebrating a successful visit to Redcar steelworks the day before, a few of us decided to make a quick dash for High Royds Asylum / Hospital – Menston, West Yorkshire. We knew most the site had already been redeveloped into housing, but word on the street was the main admin block was now accessible. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but was pretty impressed with what we found. The highlights included the clock tower and beautiful decaying corridors.