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The paupers’ graveyard (closed in 1969) which belonged to High Royds Psychiatric Hospital (closed in 2003) was restored in 2011 to create a tranquil garden of remembrance. The Heritage Chapel, which contains details of the 2861 people who are buried there, remembers those who have gone before and helps with the campaign to remove the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health. Its loving restoration has created an oasis of peace and a special Thanksgiving Service will be held, at 4pm on Sunday 10th September to commemorate the restoration and those who have gone before.

An additional feature, which has been added, is the restoration and replacement of a bronze memorial plaque featuring the names of the members of High Royds staff who gave their their lives WWI and WWII. This is enhanced by a display of an original Tower of London poppy which made such a national impact. The Memorial Garden has been described as “an absolute Gem” by Yorkshire in Bloom and this year 2017 has been honoured by the Duke of York with a Community Initiative award. In addition to being featured on national TV and in the national press a film is being produced based on The Ballroom; a novel published in 2016 and centred on High Royds.

A Duke of York Community Initiative Award and a film now being proposed 2017 sees yet more developments in the Memorial Garden & Wood

Opening Times

  • Saturday 9 September: 1100-1300 & 1400-1600
  • Sunday 10 September: 1100-1300 & 1400-1600; Thanksgiving Service 1600

Booking Details

No booking required

Access

Wheelchairs can use front entrance but double yellow lines and other restrictions apply. The grounds and paths of the garden have been designed for wheelchair use.

Additional information

Parking for the Memorial Garden/Chapel.  On  road parking is restricted but at weekends visitors  can usually park in the area adjacent to the neighbouring Menston Cemetery. Generally there is no problem at weekends and there is a path from the Menston Cemetery to the Memorial Garden. The gate to the path is situated on the left hand side as you enter the cemetery.
The Menston Cemetery is still in use and during the week vistors need to bear in mind that funerals may need priority access

Directions

The Garden, Chapel and adjacent Memorial Wood is situated on Buckle Lane in the Village of Menston on the outskirts of Leeds/Bradford. It is situated next to the West Yorkshire Ambulance Depot on the main A65 road leading to Ilkley/Skipton. The Garden/Chapel is on the main bus route from Leeds, Bradford/Otley. Menston Railway Station is approx. 1 mile away.

Rules

The rules of the Friends of High Royds Memorial Garden can be seen by clicking here

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Chairman: Dr. Ron T. Sweeney  –  info@itcworld.org

Secretary: Quentin Mackenzie: Newfield House, 23, Park Road, Menston, LS29 6LS,

Telephone (01943) 876625, email: mackenzieq@btinternet.com