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Meanwood Park Hospital: A Home for the 'Misunderstood'

Through the Mental Deficiency Act of 1913, the Leeds City Council rented the Meanwood Park Estate which contained Meanwood Hall, a family home constructed in circa-1762 for Thomas Denison. It was through this act that a new type of institution was established, the 'mental deficiency colony'.


Covering more than one-hundred acres of land, Meanwood Park Hospital became the biggest hospital for the mentally handicapped in the Yorkshire region by 1989.


It was a sanctuary for those who could not find refuge in the outside world and it quickly became a self-contained village, providing education for the children and work for the adults.


Many of the residents at Meanwood Park Hospital were discarded by their families, left to a life of incarceration merely because society looked down on those with an indifference.


Read personal accounts from those who worked and volunteered at Meanwood Park Hospital.


"Lots were independent and to be honest with you, they didn't have the chance to show that" - Chris Gordon


"They were deskilled and became reliant on people and became anxious about society" - George Walker


High Royds Hospital: An Insight into 'Insanity'

High Royds Hospital, a former psychiatric hospital south of the village of Menston in West Yorkshire.

Much like other former psychiatric hospitals around the country, High Royds saw its fair share of patient abuse and mistreatment. That is not to say that patients were continuously neglected by the medical staff because as you will find out in this book, the hospital gave many people a sanctuary away from the “normal” world.

In this book, former staff, patients and their family members share personal experiences of the hospital.


​“I never really got over the fact that justice wasn’t served.” - Elsie Lam

“One lady, Betty, I will always remember Betty, she used to say ‘when are we going to dance?’ And I would say ‘when we get this lot to bed!’” - Cora Rowntree

“We did try to do a lot, I remember making special celebrations for birthdays, Christmas and even Easter.” - Sandy Morgan

BUNDLE: Meanwood Park Hospital & High Royds Hospital Paperbacks

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