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Report - St. Josephs Orpanage, Preston - December 2015

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by BrainL, Dec 21, 2015.

  1. BrainL

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    The Explore

    This is one that's been on my list for a long while now but always been sealed or never got around to going up there. On hearing it was open again we popped to have a look. I'm sure more reports will come from here as there was 14 other explorers here at the time! Like a Xmas urbex get together [​IMG]

    Place is fairly trashed now unfortunately and feel we were a few years too late on this one, lots of fire and water damage is slowly destroying this building but a good fun explore with some great people anyhow :)



    The History

    St Joseph’s Orphanage was opened in 1872 on the site of an ancient alms house, and St Joseph’s Hospital for the Sick Poor followed five years later.

    They were built by wealthy widow Maria Holland, who gave £10,000 at a time when Preston had one of the worst mortality rates in the country, due to poor housing and low-paid mill workers. St Joseph’s Orphanage cared for 971 children before it closed in 1954.

    Run by the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady Mother of Mercy, the orphanage was the first welfare provider for Roman Catholic girls in Preston, taking in up to 60 youngsters at a time in two dormitories.

    After its closure, the top floor of the orphanage continued to serve as accommodation for the nuns who worked in St Joseph’s Hospital, known locally as Mount Street Hospital.

    The hospital held collections to help pay for health care for poor patients. During the First and Second World Wars, they tended injured soldiers and, over the years, tens of thousands of babies were born at the hospital’s maternity unit. Legendary performer George Formby died at the hospital following a heart attack on March 6, 1961. The hospital closed when the last sisters left nursing in 1982. It later became a care home, which closed down more than ten years ago.



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  2. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
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    That's a fine looking building there mate, you've captured it nicely.
     
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    Good shots Brian this seems to be doing the rounds recently..
     
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  4. BrainL

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    It certainly is.. couldn't believe the amount of people in there when we went :)
     
  5. Oxygen Thief

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    Nice, didn't know about the medical room there !
     
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    Nice to see the place been done again think this is one me and @The Amateur Wanderer need to add to the list for next year...
     
  7. Karen.R.

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    Love this place!it's opposite where I work and would love to go inside ! My work colleague once worked there and she has lots of stories .brilliant pics !
     
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  8. Lavino

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    So you have no excuse... Get in there:D
     
  9. Lori123

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    Fab pics love the one with the lone wheelchair plus theatre room.. oh and the window with foliage creeping in. Is it easy to get into? I fancy going there
     
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    Beautiful building! Perseverance pays off in the end :) nicely captured mate :thumb
     
  11. Canadrummergetsome

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    Stunning building. Quite enjoyed visiting last year. Might have to pop back soon.
     
  12. Karen.R.

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    How do you gain entry .everywhere seems boarded or bricked up.need someone to take me would love to go in .walk around this beautiful place often!
     
  13. BrainL

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    Sorry, nobody will ever give you details like that on a public forum.. go have a look about, not too difficult :)
     
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