urban decay

by amelie riis

A DECADE OF IMAGES FROM ABANDONED MENTAL INSTITUTIONS
 

High Royds

My first visit was at night and I can clearly recall the excitement of my first glimpse of the giant, bright white face of the clock tower as I walked across the field.  At that point, there was only one ward block in the process of conversion.  Initially, it was a tough place to crack - each visit, different parts were open and others were locked.  It wasn't until 2007 that it became much more accessible and it was the year of high royds.  It was a wonderful place - the mortuary was outstanding with its extra-wide rotating slab, The elation of getting into the clocktower was immense and it had one of the most beautiful corridors of all the uk asylums.