Mark’s History: St Mary’s Hospital and the Bramley workhouse


The rich past of the St Mary’s Hospital building in Armley is the focus of MARK STEVENSON’s latest Mark’s History column

St Mary’s Hospital in Armley was once The Bramley Union workhouse.

Created in 1862 to serve the west of Leeds, the Bramley Poor Union decided that because of the ever increasing numbers a new more modern workhouse was needed.

Historic; The porter’s lodge at St Mary’s Hospital, Armley. Photo: Mark Stevenson

In 1871 work started on The Bramley Union workhouse which could accommodate 220 inmates.

In the 1920s it began to train midwives and became known as St Mary’s in 1948.

The receiving block at St Mary’s Hospital. Photo: Mark Stevenson

In the 1970’s the maternity unit closed down and the hospital now concentrates on mental health and learning disability services. 






  1. I am now 56years old. When we were kids we lived on gelded Road. On a Saturday afternoon if we were good we could go to the lyric cinema. I always remember the start of the film with trafalgar Square with pigeons. It was a real treat.


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