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Report - St Joseph's Orphanage and Hospital, Preston, Oct 16

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Vulex, Oct 10, 2016.

  1. Vulex

    Vulex 28DL Regular User
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    With its impressive and oppressive architecture, Curtains blowing in the wind, from a top floor window and razor wired up gate. St Joseph's of Preston cant help but inspire some great imagined images of what lies within.

    Its a shame its fucked.

    Everybody comes for the impressive operating theatre lights and I can see why. They are pretty cool. But in context of what is left behind from various changes to the building, they seem out of place.

    The modifications to the gate have been updated yet again and is really starting to resemble something from Mad max. Still, worth a climb even if it slashed my wrist, jeans and hoodie.

    Shot with a Nikon D3300 and a tokina 11-16

    Thank you for taking the time to read and look at my photographs.

    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.
    Ran 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 10 years ago.

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  2. Coolboyslim

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    Some bloody good shots there. WTF is with that attic its gone very bare lol. Pics are awesome and imaginative really good stuff m8ty.
     
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    Spot on! :D
     
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  4. ZerO81

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    Some of the best shots i have seen from here!
     
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    That sir is incredibly well shot. Really made the best of an increasingly trashed location there :thumb
     
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    Wouldn't mind a visit here myself... Will stick this on the list

    Good photos :thumb
     
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  7. urblex

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    Nicely captured, may be trashed now but still love this place! Had a look the other day & that gate looks like a fucking ball ache of a climb now
     
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  8. Vulex

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    @Coolboyslim I made sure I found the attic this time after missing it. Im glad I did, the old x-ray machine is quality.

    @Alyxxxx cheers :) I look forward to seeing your pics when you finally do it.

    @ZerO81 thanks a lot mate

    @Idle Hands Cheers mate, i took a peep at your report from 2014, some sicks shots there!

    @WildMustang get it done :)

    @urblex drag ferox down and get it done again. Its trashed, but an enjoyable walk around.
     
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    I totally agree that this place always gives more....great snaps there fella :thumb
     
  10. Alyxxxx

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    @Vulex It's definitely been a long time coming for me!
     
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    Excellent photography there paul
     
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    Amazing shots and a well written report. Great work
     
  13. SneakyPanda

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    Great Pics
     
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    Great report & pictures. Must pay a visit. Is it ok access...
     
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