Former Leeds New Workhouse, St James' Hospital, Leeds

Originally a workhouse St James' Hospital was built by Perkin and Backhouse of Leeds. The Leeds New Workhouse was built to accomodate 800 persons, at a cost of £32,000. The foundation stone was laid in 1858 and the building opened 28/03/1861. In common with many workhouses it later became part of the Leeds Township Infirmary which was funded by the Poor Law Guardians. In 1995 it was converted into the Thackray Medical Museum.


West Yorkshire Leeds


Victorian (1837 - 1901)


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