|Storthes Hall Hospital|
The administrative block of Storthes Hall Hospital in a state of disrepair
|Location||Kirkburton, West Yorkshire, England|
|Lists||Hospitals in England|
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. Two of the most significant properties in the area are Storthes Hall Mansion (now a private property) and, further west, Storthes Hall Hospital (partly redeveloped as a student village but with the main administrative block surviving as a derelict building).
Storthes Hall Mansion was built as a private house for the mill owning Horsefall family in about 1788. It is located close to Kirkburton centre and was renamed The Mansion Hospital when it became an independently managed facility for people with learning disabilities. After the Mansion Hospital closed in 1991, the building, which is Grade II listed, was converted back for private residential use.
Storthes Hall Hospital
An area to the west of The Mansion, closer to Farnley Tyas, was developed as psychiatric hospital in the early 20th century. The facility was designed by J. Vickers-Edwards on a compact arrow layout and opened as the Fourth West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum in 1904. The facility became known as the Storthes Hall Mental Hospital in 1929, as the West Riding Mental Hospital in 1939 and finally as the Storthes Hall Hospital from 1949.
Storthes Hall Hospital was one of several 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”. However, the same report found none of the allegations against any named or unnamed member of the hospital staff to have been proved. Storthes Hall Hospital closed in 1992.
The Storthes Hall Hospital site was initially used as a training facility for Huddersfield Town A.F.C. before their move to their state of the art Canalside facility off Leeds Road. The area has since been developed as a student campus, the Storthes Hall Park Student Village, for the University of Huddersfield.
Graveyard memorial at Church of St Thomas, Thurstonland, where around 2,000 patients are buried
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