Historic England update

Landscape associated with the former High Royds Hospital.

Bradford Road, Menston, West Yorkshire

List Entry Number: 1001469

We have been considering removing the above site from the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England.

We have taken into account all the representations made, and completed our assessment of the site. Historic England has decided not to remove the site from the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England.

However, as the result of this reassessment, the entry for this site has been amended. The updated version of the entry will be available on the National Heritage List for England from tomorrow. This List can be accessed through our website.

Please click on the link below to download a copy of our report, which sets out the principal reasons for this decision:



The Register in itself entails no additional statutory controls. The historic interest of a park or garden is, however, established as a material planning consideration, and the Register provides the key means by which sites of special historic interest are identified. It draws attention to the fact that the sites included should receive special consideration if changes or proposals for development are being contemplated.

Local authorities are required to consult Historic England over any planning applications they receive which may affect sites graded I or II* on the Register. They are also directed to consult The Gardens Trust on applications which may affect any site on the Register regardless of grade. Additionally, the Register is used by many local planning authorities as the basis for relevant conservation policies in statutory development plans.

Any queries about the registration of the site should be addressed to this office. If you have any enquires concerning planning related matters or would like advice on management issues, please contact our Regional Landscape Architect.

It is made clear in the Register that the parks and gardens listed are not open to the public unless they are separately advertised.


Remembering Bob Sanderson

We Remember with affection Bob Sanderson the official grave digger 1959-1969. Who died last night 31st October 2017 age 87 fighting cancer


May God rest his soul, in life truly a kind man who will be missed

October 2017

DOYCIA - Regen Centre - Oct. 2017

A LEARNING CURVE! Friends of High Royds Memorial Garden participated in a full day Conference at the Regen centre, Riccall, near York to contribute and learn from other Duke of York Award winners how best to serve the communities they live in.  Kevin Sharp DL, the Chairman of the Duke York’s Award Management Committee is pictured giving more details of the Trust and how it can help.
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In addition to the plenary sessions and talks small focus groups met to discuss matters in more detail.

A Service of Thanksgiving

A Service of Thanksgiving was held on Sunday the 10th of September in the Memorial Chapel when the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire presented the

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The Chapel was full with some having to stand through the service as the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Mrs Virginia Lloyd presented the plaque to Dr Ron Sweeney Chairman of The Friends of High Royds Memorial Garden

DSC04860Dr Ron Sweeney Chairman of The Friends of High Royds Memorial Garden with the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Mrs Virginia Lloyd and Cllr Quentin Mackenzie Hon Secretary of The Friends of High Royds Memorial Garden

The service was led by Revd Jason McCullagh

with Members of the Ladies Please Choir and organist Mike Nicholas leading the singing


Newsletter No 11


Saturday & Sunday 9/10th September

11-00 am to 1-00 pm & 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

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The weekend will conclude with a Thanksgiving Service at 4pm on the Sunday at which Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Yorkshire, Mrs Virginia A Lloyd, will present a special plaque to be placed on the Memorial Garden Gates to commemorate the Duke of York’s Community Initiative Award.


You are cordially invited to attend.

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The Manager of the Hare & Hounds, which is situated just across the road from the Memorial Garden, has kindly agreed for their car park and toilet facilities to be used free of charge if required.


Memorial Garden - rail link

Our Victorian forebears spared no expense or effort in order to build and maintain the building of the West Riding Pauper Mental Asylum. It needed a railway to transport all the materials required. So starting in 1883 they built a branch line from the former Midland Railway which had opened a station in  Menston in 1875.

This branch line continued to serve the Asylum until 1951. It is interesting to note that the first steam tank engine had inadequate power and was prone to slipping on the gradient up from the main line. Not to be deterred the line was electrified in 1897.

To commemorate this important development Steve Ellams, a member of the Friends Management team, with help from the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, has constructed a memorial to this line which can be seen in its original position. An A board showing further photographs giving more details can be seen on site.railway


Anna Hope spoke to a packed house when she visited Menston to speak about a proposed film based on her book “The Ballroom” Such was the interest that even the large hall of the Methodist Church was too small and we had to move into the church itself to make room

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Anna Hope pictured with

Hon. Secretary Quentin Mackenzie (left) and Chairman Ron Sweeney


Work with young people is all important and every opportunity is taken to give them a chance to participate. We are fortunate, and happy to have co-operated with schools/colleges/universities in helping to maintain the garden and spread the message of tolerance, help and understanding for all the many people with some form of mental ill-health.

The universities, colleges and schools we have collaborated with include::

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Leeds Beckett University students filming in the chapel (Summer 2017)


Archaeology students have paid several visits to study the layout of the Garden and with the latest electronic equipment have helped to map out the grounds.

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St. Mary’s Menston Catholic Voluntary Academy students have put in much work to tidy up the flower beds


A teenage look at mental health issues

Dixons/Allerton Academy produced a DVD “Lighten our Darkness”, with the help of Bradford Educational Department and the Friends, which helps to inform younger people of the importance of tolerance in dealing with mental health issues


With the help of Menston PrimarySchool, Bird and Bat Boxes are being planned to make the wood even more environmentally friendly.

techThis year Grange Technology College commissioned a film dealing with mental health issues. The filming in the Chapel and Garden took place recently and we are now looking forward to seeing the finished film.



We are happy to talk to Groups about the Garden/Chapel.. Conducted visits, in addition to the Open Days, can be made by arrangement.


With the help of a Tesco grant, voted for by local people, 2017 saw many improvements to the wood which surrounds the Memorial Garden. Tree felling, pruning, path laying, new fencing, steps and general husbandry have made a great difference. The three acre site has now been acclaimed as:oasisWoodland Path (2) Oct 2016md2

Three acres of tranquillity in a busy world.


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Newsletter 11 -Summer 2017