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Report - St Joseph's Orphanage April 2014

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Paradox, Apr 20, 2014.

  1. Paradox

    Paradox 28DL Regular User
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    This weekend was the Preston meet arranged by Bigjobs. Myself, Bigjobs, Scrappy, Katia, Idle Hands, Albino-jay, Paul2129 and two non members met up at a local cafe before we set off for our first location.

    First on our agenda was a place close to my heart, it being one of my first explores back in 2009. St Joseph's Orphanage.

    According to the Preston Guardian dated 21 September 1872,
    Whilst it was fundamentally an orphanage, there some evidence that during the early 1950's, it was also used as a boarding school and parents could pay for their children to stay there.

    St Joseph's Hospital

    On a famous note, George Formby,a British comedy actor, singer-songwriter and comedian, born in 1904, died in St Joseph's hospital in 1961.
    George, whilst visiting the parents of his fiancee in Penwortham had a heart attack and was rushed to Saint Joseph’s Hospital, on Mount Street. Although over the next 10 days Formby showed a few signs of recovery, while discussing marriage plans he relapsed and died on March 6, 1961. He was only 56. Formby was, at one time the UK’s number one film star and one of the highest paid actors.

    The Hospital closed in the late 1986 and was bought by Mr Dave Gornall who converted it to and Old Peoples Nursing home before its final closure in 2003.

    The property has been empty ever since, originally listed with the estate agents at 4.5 million pounds, the buildings are Grade II listed and form part of the Winckley Square
    Conservation Area. The site has planning and listed building consent in place for the conversion of the existing buildings into 81 dwellings in a mix of apartments and town
    houses. This includes the demolition of the 1930’s hospital block and its replacement with a new build element fronting onto Mount Street.

    Anyway here's a few pics from the trip:

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    The chapel

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    Lower level windows have been sealed with concrete blocks.

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    you can however still get to the wards in the Nursing home, although it would appear that the ivy has taken up permanent residence.

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    We did think this may be the end of the trip however luck would have it we were able to visit the theatres and attic areas.

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    And the other little bits :)

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    Time for one last picture before it was time to go to our next location.

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    Despite the whole place being in a lot worse state than it was when I first visited, it was still a fun explore and although it took a bit of effort it was definitely worth it. Epic thumbs up :thumb:thumb go to Bigjobs for arranging this and also for pulling us all out of that hole! That had to be the easiest exit strategy ever!
     

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  2. Idle Hands

    Idle Hands 28DL Regular User
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    Quick off the mark there mate, I'm still processing mine! Very nice shots :)
     
  3. AuntieKnickers

    AuntieKnickers inquisitive historian
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    Cracking stuff :thumb

    wish we had ignored the information we got the other week and went whilst over there.
     
  4. Paradox

    Paradox 28DL Regular User
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    Thanks Idle Hands can't wait to see yours :)
     
  5. Paradox

    Paradox 28DL Regular User
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    Thanks, it was fun but I think I now have bruises on my bruises lol :)
     
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    Good to see again, sounds like a decent trip out :thumb
     
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    H1971 28DL Regular User
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    ah so jealous, like AuntieKnickers said we stupidly took info too seriously and did not bother trying :( won't make that mistake again. Loving your shots :)
     
  8. Will Knot

    Will Knot 28DL Regular User
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    Bloody great report there, couldn't get to the meet due to family arrangements :mad Nice pictures, not seen this place for a while, thanks for sharin' :thumb
     
  9. FreshFingers

    FreshFingers Choose life, choose tunnels
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    Great write-up and pictures Paradox :)

    Cool mobus avatar also :thumb
     
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    Excellent shots there, was a top day and a pleasure to meet you all.

    was fun being in here, and was definitely fun getting in/out

    Think another meet needs to be sorted.
     
  11. Bigjobs

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    Really nice shots there, I love you babe.

    You should never ever rely on people that will happily tell that a place is sealed, they'll say that for a few reasons.

    1. It was sealed when they looked.
    2. Someone told them it was sealed.
    3. They don't want you to get in somewhere they tried and failed.
    4. They want to keep it all to themselves.

    Long story short, you should always have a go. Who knows, you could get lucky on the day, just like we were. :D
     
  12. Paradox

    Paradox 28DL Regular User
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    Thank you and I know, I love you too darlin' :)

    Everyone else thanks for your awesome comments, was a proper fun day out and with any luck I may be able to salvage something from the photos I took to report on the other locations too :D

    And this just says it all :)
     
  13. scrappy

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    Great set from a great day out, I do feel sore to say the least after all that climbing and falling out the wall cavity! Haha I'll stick some of mine up later! Good to have met you all :)
     
  14. Paradox

    Paradox 28DL Regular User
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    Thanks scrappy. Pix if I remember rightly we had one mini maglight between us, there was lots of creepy noises and the basement spooked both with that thing that looked like a dead body with some plastic white roses next to it!
     
  15. Pixielulu

    Pixielulu away with the fairies
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    Yep but we didn't get in the chapel that day, and it took a little bit of time to get in the old bit as I recall ;)
     
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