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Former pauper’s chapel needs help with furnishings

An old pauper’s chapel once used by the now closed High Royds Psychiatric Hospital at Menston near Leeds/Bradford, has been renewed and opened as a place of worship

An old pauper’s chapel, formerly used by the now closed High Royds Psychiatric Hospital at Menston near Leeds/Bradford, has been renewed and opened as a place of worship. It will hold its first service on 9 September 2012.

The chapel and adjoining cemetery for former patients, unused since 1969, had been left derelict but have now been restored with the help of more than 150 volunteers, the Heritage Lottery Fund and public subscriptions. (Photo below left shows the finished chapel. Below right, the chapel under reconstruction.)

Local churches have donated two pews and an altar, but the chapel is still in need of a few more seats, a lectern, a stand for the altar Bible, a large free-standing candle holder and two candlesticks.

The Chapel and Memorial will serve as a focal point in helping to support the national Time to Change campaign which is working to reduce the stigma and discrimination often experienced by those with mental health issues.

If you can help to furnish the chapel please contact Ron Sweeney, Chairman and Trustee of Friends of High Royds Memorial Garden on 01943 863362 or by e-mail: ron@windmillcentre.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

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