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Scalebor Park Theatre


This small theatre was built about 1901 within the complex of a psychiatric hospital and probably contemporary with the adjoining Lodge House. The theatre could also be approached via a glazed walkway of similar date, from the stage left side of the building.

Internally there was a flat floored ballroom auditorium, with oval leaded lights at high level depicting various flowers. The stage left side of the auditorium was equipped with a small bow fronted box or minstrels' gallery at high level. The main entrance to the auditorium was on the stage right side and had a mahogany surround with a scrolly broken pediment. The rectangular proscenium with scroll-bracketed upper corners was flanked on each side by mahogany pilasters, part fluted and cabled, which were repeated around the auditorium, dividing the walls into panelled bays. The ceiling was divided into ribbed panels, rising from the deep cove over the cornice.

The stage had primitive fly floors and a small timber grid. Proscenium height was approx 3.65m (12ft).

Externally the theatre was built of sandstone, and the simple pitched roof was of small red tiles. The dominant Lodge House elevation was divided into three bays, the central one surmounted by a large lead clad and timber clock tower crowned by an open cupola. The windows in all three bays were mullioned, the whole presenting an imposing presence in the grounds. The auditorium of the theatre was fitted externally with a leaded ventilator, surmounted with a dome which matched that of the clock tower.

The theatre was demolished in 2001 to make way for a housing scheme.

Built / Converted
Dates of use
  • 1901 : Until when not known.
Current state
Current use
Scalebor Park, Burley-in-Wharfdale, West Yorkshire, England
Further details
Other names
  • 1901 Use: Until when not known.
  • 1901 Design/Construction:
    J Vickers Edwards of Wakefield
    - Architect
  • 2001 Demolition: To make way for a housing scheme
    Halliday Clark Ltd
    - Architect
    Burley Developments Ltd
    - Developer
  • Listing
    Not listed
Stage type
Proscenium raked
Building dimensions: -
Stage dimensions: Depth: 24ft
Proscenium width: 18ft
Height to grid: approx 24ft
Inside proscenium: -
Orchestra pit: -