Storthes Hall

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Coordinates: 53°36′40″N 1°43′44″W / 53.611°N 1.729°W / 53.611; -1.729

Storthes Hall Hospital in a state of disrepair

Storthes Hall is a part of the township of Kirkburton, West Yorkshire, England. A heavily wooded area, it comprises a single road, Storthes Hall Lane, which links Kirkburton with the nearby villages of Farnley Tyas and Thurstonland. To the immediate north is North Spring Wood. Boothroyd Wood occupies the area to the south whilst Myers Wood can be found to the east. Myers Wood is the site of a medieval iron working site.

Psychiatric hospital[edit]

A psychiatric hospital operated at Storthes Hall from 1904–1991. It was founded as an asylum and was previously called the Storthes Hall Mental Hospital (1929–1938), the West Riding Mental Hospital (1939–1948), and Storthes Hall Hospital (1949–1991). A former mill owner's house, Storthes Hall Mansion, can be found further down the road heading towards the village centre. This too was a psychiatric hospital, the Mansion Hospital, and operated separately to the one further up the road. It too closed in 1991. It is now a private residence. A book, Storthes Hall Remembered, is available and tells the story of Storthes Hall, written by a nurse who worked there.

It was one of the hospitals investigated in 1967 as a result of the publication of Barbara Robb's book "Sans Everything". Accusations covered a thirty-two week period of serious violent assaults, with fists or weapons, against male patients of all ages, committed by four named Male Nurses. It was also alleged that it was like Belsen because it was a “brutal, bestial, beastly place”—it was a “hell-hole”. [1]


The area has some private housing, however the University of Huddersfield supplies most of the occupants due to the campus that occupies part of the site of the former psychiatric hospital, the Storthes Hall Park Student Village. Recent planning permission was granted to a retirement village on the remainder of the hospital site. The site also provides training facilities to Huddersfield Town FC.

Fate of hospital buildings[edit]

Most of the hospital buildings on the Storthes Hall site have been reduced to rubble, including the house that once housed Edward Bryan, which is also in a pitiful state, however one, the administration building, remains upright but is heavily graffitied inside and is run down and dangerous to enter. This building is surrounded by fencing and barbed wire due to its unstable nature. The bar serving the student village, "the Arboretum" is an original building which once housed difficult to manage patients. The hospital's mortuary is still intact. Storthes hall is now home to students from the University of Huddersfield.

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