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Report - St Josephs Seminary, Upholland - July 2015

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Dangle_Angle, Jul 28, 2015.

  1. Dangle_Angle

    Dangle_Angle 28DL Regular User
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    The Explore...

    After a early rise myself, @Will Knot , @Telf , @Lavino and @woopashoopaa headed towards the ominous St. Joes Seminary.
    We all managed an un-eventful entrance (:banghead haha) and with the absence of alarms we made our way to the billiard room to set up cameras etc.
    There was the odd noise that spooked us now and again but we shook it off and proceeded to explore the vast building.
    A good time was had by all.......even the skeletal pigeons had smiles on their skulls!.....and we left feeling happy that we hadnt encountered any secca or alarms. Until we strolled past 'Jaws from James Bond' on the way out who basically just said 'alright lads' as we passed by....haha.

    Awesome morning with sound company..:thumb;)

    The obligatory history bit... (stolen from Will of the Knot)

    St Joseph's College was founded in 1880 by Bishop Bernard O'Reilly to be the Seminary serving the North West of England. The college was formally opened in 1883 and was situated in Walthew Park, the geographic centre of the Diocese of Liverpool.

    The first Junior Seminary of the Diocese was founded at St Edward's College in 1842 as a Catholic 'classical and commercial school' under the direction of the secular clergy and was established in Domingo House, a mansion in Everton. Its President for the next forty years was to be Monsignor Provost John Henry Fisher. When the junior seminarians moved to St Joseph's in 1920 the school was taken over by the Christian Brothers and continues to this day and now serves as the Liverpool Cathedral Choir School. In recognition of the heritage owed to St Edward's College one of the two chapels at Upholland was consecrated as the St Edward the Confessor Chapel.

    St. Joseph’s was one of two main seminaries serving the north of England. St Jo's served the northwest, Ushaw College the northeast. For many years, each of these institutions housed both a junior and a senior seminary. The junior seminaries provided a secondary education in a semi-monastic environment to boys aged 11–18 who wished to pursue the priesthood, while the senior seminaries trained adult candidates (mostly aged between 18 and 24) in philosophy and theology as they prepared for the priesthood. A detailed account of daily life in the junior seminary at St Jo's during the 1960s was published in 2012. This account also explores the reasons why the Church's traditional form of seminary training may have predisposed certain priests to molest children, which was one of the key findings of a major investigation conducted on behalf of American bishops into the causes of the sexual abuse crisis within the US Catholic Church.

    Although it flourished until the 1960s, the rapidly changing social climate in that decade led to a sharp drop in enrolment. In the early 1970s, the northern bishops decided to consolidate the activities of St Jo's and Ushaw; from 1972 all junior seminarians in the north attended St Jo's, and from 1975 all senior seminarians attended Ushaw. Even as the sole junior seminary for the north of England, however, St Jo's continued to suffer a decline in enrolment, and by the 1980s was no longer a traditional seminary but a "boarding school for boys considering a vocation". In 1986 the total number of students was down to 82, of whom only 54 were Church students, and it was no longer viable to educate them on the premises. From 1987 the remaining students attended St. John Rigby College in nearby Orrell for their schooling, an arrangement that continued until the very last of these students left St Jo's in 1992.

    THE PICS:

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    One of the Guardians
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    ...Love the random safe?
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    ..'does anyone know "Chopsticks"?'....
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    Whats my age again???
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    Singer porn..:wanker
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    Its surely a sin to rummage through my drawers???
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    These titles are 'spiraling' out of control!!:banghead
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    ...encore.... P7114730.JPG


    Thanks for looking everyone....
     
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  2. Will Knot

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    Ha....Will of the Knot...like it :cool:
    Nice that mate, pics look great and obviously a awesome write up :thumb
    Another great day out....thanks all :D
     
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    Looking good m8 :thumb sure is a very grand explore.
     
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    cheers mate. Your very kind. Hopefully another crack at this around the corner?........
     
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    Dangle_Angle 28DL Regular User
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    Cheers Mr.Telf. It was a interesting morning. :thumb
     
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    :thumbWell captured there Mr dangle. Was a fun morning.
     
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    Was a great morning, it was also great I got to see Jaws the security man :thumb
     
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    this looks quite an interesting place to visit , nice pics by the way fellas , gives a feel for the place ! well done for surviving an encounter with jaws , hope he does,nt pick me up by my head when i pay the place a visit !
     
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    Haha. You'll be fine. Just don't look him directly in the eye and always carry a piece of extra mature cheese to throw to his right hand side. He loves that ! :thumb;)
    I'm only kidding mate, thanks for the kind words and good luck on your visit :p
     
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    any tips on this place ? its well hidden away is,nt it !
     
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    I can't tell you any access info mate..I don't know you from Adam..
    Your best bet is to Go and have a mooch around. You'll see loads of ways once your there. Just have a go. If you get busted...there's always another day ;)
     
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    already been on a recce n think i have a way that avoids the nosey bastard on the gatehouse
     
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    Then just have a crack. Good luck.
     
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    Sunday
     
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    Good pics there! Iv been twice with no trouble or alarms now spent 4 hours inside still haven't found the gymnasium lol anyone point me towards it? I'm guessing it's the
    Newer building near all the sinks/
    Washroom am I right ?
     
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