STORTHES Hall has been home to psychiatric patients and students for the best part of 100 years.
Now it could have a new future.
A large part of the Kirkburton site has been sold to a company which wants to create a retirement village for people over 60.
It is the latest in a series of ideas to use the site, which includes some of the Huddersfield area's most beautiful woodland.
Storthes Hall Asylum opened on June 2, 1904, to take in the "pauper lunatics" from across the old West and South Ridings of Yorkshire.
The first inmates arrived by train from Sheffield and were quickly followed by tens of thousands more.
The hospital finally closed in 1991, when health chiefs agreed that care of psychiatric patients could be provided better if it was away from large institutions.
The Department of Health began to market the site and was approached by Dyke Brothers, a development company which intended to take over much of the land for up to 800 houses.
But the firm's plans fell foul of local people and a hugely-successful protest campaign prevented planning permisson for the homes.
Two years later, in 1995, Huddersfield Univerity acquired the site and talked of a 20-year project costing many millions of pounds.
The university wanted to create a student village in the countryside campus, but quickly realised that much of the land would be surplus to requirements.
There was a bid to get planning permission for luxury homes - but it failed.
In 2003 the university sold its control of the student accommodation to Ubrique, a company specialising in the field.
The sports fields at Storthes Hall, long regarded as some of the best in Huddersfield, had provided a home to hospital soccer and cricket teams for many years.
After the university took over, they reached agreement with Huddersfield Town for the soccer club to use the training facilities and pitches.
Now, the club is hoping to buy the pitches and develop a state-of- the-art training facility for the club ansd their Academy youngsters.
And their neighbours could well be elderly people enjoying the Kirkburton countryside, if the latest scheme gets the go-ahead.