image for Historical Event item typeHeritage Open Days (HODs) at High Royds Memorial Chapel and Garden

Historical Event, Sat 15 - Sun 16 Sep 2018, free entry

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days


Buckle Lane,
West Yorkshire,
LS29 6DG

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 15 - Sun 16 Sep Heritage Open Days (HODs)


High Royds Memorial Garden & Chapel is the last resting place for 2861 former pauper patients of the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum ( latterly called High Rords Hospital). It has been lovingly and carefully restored.

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

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Event details

Dates Times
Sat 15 - Sun 16 Sep 2018
Saturday 15 September: 11-00-1300 & 1400-1600
Sunday 16 September: 1110-30-1300 & 1400-1600 - Thanksgiving Service


Free entry

No Booking Required



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Map reference: SE 179435  Lat: 53.88739 Long: -1.72784


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