Middleton Hospital in Ilkley is a site that is awaiting the resolution of planning department battles. As it is a reasonably close site we thought we’d better go check it out! After some research on t’internet to no avail, then visiting the place, we went to Ilkley library to try to find more of its history this also led to a blank. This is the limited information we have on the place:-
Middleton Hospital opened around the time of WW1 & eventually closed in 1990. During it’s time the hospital was used as a military hospital, a TB sanatorium & before its closure a geriatric hospital. Most of the buildings were demolished in 1991 however the social club, ‘The Lodge’, a substation & a building reported to be either an admin block or a mortuary depending on the planning application you read, still remain.
The site was purchased in August 2005 for £275,000 by the current owner who submitted an application to convert existing buildings & build an “eco village” on the site. This has been turned down & the wrangle continues!
We did manage to find some old photos, building layout & an aerial view on an old planning application. However due to the security of the documents we’ve only been able to photograph the screen display & try reproduce them in our report.
One of the former entrances onto the site
'The Lodge' a small cottage on the site-possibly a caretakers/workers dwelling?
The former electric substation (can't see them converting this to much!)
The social club building-the grassed area on the left was a bowling green!
Inside the hall viewed from the stage end, with projection room windows visable
I wouldn't fancy 'treading the boards' here!
View from the rear towards the stage
The final building-the admin or mortuary block
Parts of the roof of this building have collapsed
A few from around the site
A lampost trying to hide amongst the trees
Our departing view
Layout of the whole hospital
An aerial view
Some of the now demolished buildings
Cheers for looking
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