Eastmoor Secure Unit 18th May 2009

Filed under: Asylums & Hospitals,Leisure & Other — j3bu @ 12:00 pm

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Opening in 1857 as “Leeds Reformatory for Boys” but later becoming “Eastmoor Approved School”. Originally when it was operating as “Leeds Reformatory for Boys” a child under 14 would be sent here for ‘crimes’ such as:

  • Begging
  • Wandering
  • Consorting with thieves

However when it began operating as “Eastmoor Approved School” and later “Eastmoor Secure Unit” it began to house criminals of a more devious nature including Jon Venables (One of Jamie Bulger’s killers)

After it was closed as a childrens home it was used as a university campus by the University of Leeds up until 2003 when a new campus was opening.

Buildings included a swimming pool, dentists, church (later used as a gym), laundry and of course staff housing.

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5 Comments for this post

 
allan Says:

went to eastmoor today visiting a young offender,sentenced to 4 months,got lost and ended up at the old building,1 word spooky,i felt realy sad,wondering how sum of them kids who was in there were treated,proper sad,young kids ruined,and it did go on,no crb checks in them days,i hope the bastards who hurt these children are suffering now.

 
Phil Cave Says:

hi
just a thought to this topic, and answer to the comment of “Allan”.
i cannot speak as to earlier times, but i was there between 1961 and 1963, nearly three years in all, it was just an approved school, not a borstal or detention centre, it was all boys between the ages of 12 and 16, and they were not criminals, just bad boys, some had runaway from home, some had been sent there for care and protection, some for being expelled from school, fighting, drinking, and minor theft, in those days you got locked up, now you get a warning at the most.
there was no ill treatment to the “inmates”, it was strict if you did not toe the line, and you could earn your way out of there in eight to 10 months, some of us did not like to toe the line that much.
looking back on it now, i would love to go back there for a six month rest, compared to the real world it was a doddle.

 
ray dove Says:

hi
must support phill on this one, he is spot on. I was there 61-62 boys were sent there for very minor stuff in those days, certainly no abuse and probably did me the world of good as they provided proper training and even let me go to leeds college on day release courses and night school which enabled me to get a job and work continually till I retired.

 
ALEC FISHER Says:

REF:-TO PHIL CAVE (DRUMMER BOY) SPOT ON,,,TIME SPENT THERE WAS TOTAL EDUCATIONAL, ARMY CADETS, CADET BAND,LOADS OF FREE TIME, MY DECORATING TRAINING WAS TOUGHT ME BY A MASTER PAINTER,GAV CARTWRIGHT,A BRILLIANT GUY,I ENDED UP GOING OUT TO DAY &NIGHT SCHOOL,LIKE PHIL SAYS I MYSELF WOULDNT MIND A WALK ROUND THERE,THERES A FEW PLACES ID LIKE REMENIS AGAIN,ITHINK YOU WAS IN THE PAINT SHOP PHIL,DID YOU HAVE YOUR NAME UP ON THE ROLL OF HONOUR,I WONDER IF ITS STILL THERE?? AS FOR YOURSELF PHIL,I STILL HAVNT COME ACROSS A FASTER DRUMMER,, MEMOURIES EH,,,BE LUCKY

 
Fred Karlinski Says:

My name is Fred Karlinski and I was sent to Eastmoor approved school also in about 1962 ish They had a system of a calendar with your name on it ,if you did well for a month (behavoure points and work points)you would jump a month or maybe two months called a “double jump” this system encouraged you to do well,if I remember correctly I became he house Captain of “Drake House”I was only in the school for about 18 months! I was also in the North West Command Army Cadets. we went shooting at Thirsk army camp,I also went to college in Leeds doing engineering,at the School Mr Franks was our teacher (a good teacher ,Firm but good)I finished at the school and went back into my old apprenticeship with the National Coal Board,now retired in South Africa. Fond memories of Eastmoor it sorted me out from joy riding in cars, now I have 3.best wishes to anybody that remembers me.. Very Sincerly Fred Karlinski

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