Storthes Hall Hospital

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Storthes Hall Hospital
The administrative block of Storthes Hall Hospital in a state of disrepair
Storthes Hall Hospital is located in West Yorkshire
Storthes Hall Hospital
Shown in West Yorkshire
LocationKirkburton, West Yorkshire, England
Coordinates53°36′40″N 1°43′44″W / 53.611°N 1.729°W / 53.611; -1.729Coordinates: 53°36′40″N 1°43′44″W / 53.611°N 1.729°W / 53.611; -1.729
Care systemNHS
Emergency departmentNo
ListsHospitals in England

Storthes Hall Hospital was a mental health facility at Storthes Hall, West Yorkshire, England. Founded in 1904, it expanded to over 3,000 patients during the Second World War. After the introduction of Care in the Community in the early 1980s, the hospital went into a period of decline and closed in 1992.


An area to the west of Storthes Hall Mansion, closer to Farnley Tyas, was chosen as a site for a psychiatric hospital in the early 20th century.[1] The facility, which was designed by J. Vickers-Edwards using a compact arrow layout, opened as the Fourth West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum in 1904.[1] The facility became known as the Storthes Hall Mental Hospital in 1929 and as the West Riding Mental Hospital in 1939.[2]

During the Second World War the patient population swelled to over 3,000 people as the hospital struggled to cope with patients being transferred from hospitals elsewhere as the War Office requisitioned hospitals for to treat injured soldiers.[3] The facility joined the National Health Service as Storthes Hall Hospital in 1948.[2]

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.[4] After the introduction of Care in the Community in the early 1980s, the hospital went into a period of decline and closed in 1992.[1] In 2003, Anne Littlewood, a former nurse at the hospital published a book, Storthes Hall Remembered, about her experiences at the hospital.[5]

Much of the area previously occupied by the hospital was developed as a student campus, the Storthes Hall Park Student Village, for the University of Huddersfield in the mid-1990s.[6] A former hospital building, previously known as "The Arboretum" and now known as "The Venue", was extended for use by the students as a social club in 2010.[7]



  1. ^ a b c "Storthes Hall". County Asylums. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Storthes Hall Hospital". National Archives. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Huddersfield's 'lunatic asylum' remembered..." BBC. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Part 5 of Findings and Recommendations Following Enquiries into Allegations Concerning the Care of Elderly Patients in Certain Hospitals". Cmnd. 3687. HMSO. July 1968. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  5. ^ Littlewood, Anne (2003). Storthes Hall Remembered. University of Huddersfield. ISBN 978-1862180468.
  6. ^ "Storthes Hall Park". Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Extension bid for stalled Storthes Hall plan". Examiner Live. 8 November 2010. Retrieved 20 April 2019.

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