- c 1955-1964 (Creation)
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Moorlands, Haxby, near York, was originally a private house and estate. In 1940 it was purchased by the Retreat, and was used for women psychiatric patients between 1940 and 1955. In the latter year the house and grounds were sold to the Ministry of Health.
During the 1950s Clifton Hospital was very overcrowded and York B Group Hospital Management Committee, an organisational unit within the National Health Service, was looking for extra properties to extend psychiatric accommodation and facilities. Moorlands was handed over by Leeds Regional Hospital Board to York B Group as additional accommodation in January 1955. At the same time the surrounding woodlands were transferred to the Yorkshire Naturalists Trust (now the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust) as a nature reserve.
Moorlands was used after 1955 as a long stay women's annexe to Clifton Hospital, in the care of a Sister-in-Charge. The bed complement was around 45, although this fell to 38 in the early 1970s. The accommodation seems to have been in good order and little change was made under York B Group apart from some minor improvements and tidying of the surrounding garden. Much domestic work within the house was done by patients as part of their therapy.
Moorlands remained an annexe to Clifton Hospital until 1989 when as part of the general contraction of large scale psychiatric institutions it was closed and the building subsequently sold.
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