Set in nearly 18 acres, Bootham Park Hospital closed as a mental health facility in 2015, after being declared unfit for purpose by the Care Quality Commission.

The main building was originally commissioned in 1772 by the then Archbishop of York, who recruited architect John Carr to undertake the design.  The site opened in 1777 and the name Bootham Park Hospital was adopted in 1904 and was operated by the NHS between 1948 and 2015.


Bootham Park Hospital has been adapted throughout the ages with various additions and renovations. Its maintenance and design made it increasingly unfit for use by the NHS in recent years.



Previous consultation on Bootham Park Hospital


A consultation, led by City of York Council, was held in 2019 and a subsequent Site Development Report was produced.


Our proposals have fully considered the development report, and this consultation builds on previous engagement around the future of the site.


ERL won a competitive bid process, run by NHS Property Services, and has worked up this vision for the future of the site.

Interesting facts about Bootham Park Hospital


As a result of the age and profile of the buildings there is a wealth of history and stories.  We have included a few interesting facts below. We encourage you to share your insights with us in the feedback section of this website, so that the social history and significance of the site can be fully documented.

Bootham Park was the fifth public asylum to be founded in England and is the earliest institution to have continued in its role as a mental healthcare hospital into the 21st century.

The first patients were admitted in 1777, with room for 54, who paid 8 shillings a week. Affluent patients paid a pound a week and paupers only 6 shillings.

The main building of Bootham Park has over 520 rooms (excluding the lodge, cottages, and chapel).

By 1788, the hospital had been expanded to fit an additional 20 people and a total of £10,000 had been spent on construction.

Constructed by general public subscription between 1774 and 1777 for ‘the relief of unhappy sufferers', an initial target was to raise £5,000.

The site is surrounded by a kilometre of Grade II Listed cast iron railings, installed in 1857 and manufactured by William Walker of Walmgate and George Fowler Jones of York.

In 1813, there were only 7 'keepers' to look after 199 patients. The recreation and dining hall were constructed in the style of an 'ancient baronial hall' with trophies of spears, lances, swords, foils, breast plates, shields and stags’ heads ornamenting the walls.

Originally the grounds surrounding the buildings were divided into airing yards with high walls to keep patients safe.



For further information, or if you have any questions, please contact Ben Pilgrim at Royal Pilgrim Communications who is managing our consultation process.

01904 599 123

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