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Report - ST Joseph's Seminary, Upholland - October 2014.

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Telf, Oct 21, 2014.

  1. Telf

    Telf 28DL Regular User
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    After a MASSIVE FAIL last year where We attracted half of Wigans police force and their helicopter, Myself and Will Knot decided after a bit of a debate to have another pop.. This time We nailed it.

    Anyone thinking of doing this one be warned it's tricky.. I'm talking cameras, pir's and security+dog.

    Some borrowed history..
    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, Upholland, 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 (who also ran St John Rigby College in nearby Orrell) 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 EdSt. Joseph’s (usually referred to by its students simply as "Upholland") was one of two main seminaries serving the north of England. Upholland served the northwest, Ushaw College the northeast. For many years, each of these institutions housed both a junior (minor) and a senior (major) 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 Upholland during the 1960s was published in 2012.[1] 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.[2]
    Although Upholland 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 Upholland and Ushaw; from 1972 all junior seminarians in the north attended Upholland, and from 1975 all senior seminarians attended Ushaw.[3] Even as the sole junior seminary for the north of England, however, Upholland 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 Upholland in 1992.
    In the meantime, following the move of the senior seminary to Ushaw, in 1976 the former Senior Seminary rooms had become home to the Upholland Northern Institute (UNI) with Fr Kevin Kelly as its first Director. He was succeeded in 1980 by Fr Vincent Nichols, now Archbishop of Westminster. Later the College buildings were used more generally as a retreat and conference centre for the Archdiocese under the leadership of Msgr John Devine. A short video tour of the College, derived from footage taken a few months before its closure as a conference centre, and which highlights the functions played by different parts of the building during seminary days, is available online.[4]
    The election of Archbishop Patrick Kelly saw the controversial decision to close St Joseph's altogether and the property was sold to Anglo International who instructed AEW Architects for the conversion of the Grade 2 listed RC Seminary to 92 apartments, with 220 new build enabling units. The major controversies of the decision were the ongoing financial viability of St Joseph's (it had just started to make a small surplus under Devine's management) and the sale and disposal of the art and artefacts in the college, much of which had been donated by various parishes and people of the Archdiocese who were not offered their donations back.ward the Confessor Chapel.


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    Thanks for looking Telf.
     

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  2. wellingtonian

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    Re: ST Joseph's Seminary. Upholland. October 2014.

    Beautifully done Telf fella :thumb
     
  3. ACID- REFLUX

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    Re: ST Joseph's Seminary. Upholland. October 2014.

    Very nice mate :thumb

    Bet it wasn"t half as much fun though, without all the attention this time :)
     
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    Re: ST Joseph's Seminary. Upholland. October 2014.

    Ace, do like seeing this
     
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    Re: ST Joseph's Seminary. Upholland. October 2014.

    Great set of photos.
     
  6. Telf

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    Re: ST Joseph's Seminary. Upholland. October 2014.

    Thanks for your comments :thumb
     
  7. Will Knot

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    Re: ST Joseph's Seminary. Upholland. October 2014.

    Crackin' set of pics there young man :) Nice report mate........and to say we only spent six hours at it :thumb

    I think we covered it all matey ;) great day out, thanks for postin' :D

    Might get round to puttin' mine up one day.....................:rolleyes:
     
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    Re: ST Joseph's Seminary. Upholland. October 2014.

    Nice one, ace pics :thumb. I like the rat in the left window of pic 10 too :thumbs.
     
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    Re: ST Joseph's Seminary. Upholland. October 2014.

    Nice one Telf, looks like you guys had a good day in there :)
     
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    Re: ST Joseph's Seminary. Upholland. October 2014.

    Quality report :thumb

    This place always looks amazing and would love to give it a crack one day. Always sounds pretty intense on the security front there so nice work on such a successful visit! :)
     
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    Re: ST Joseph's Seminary. Upholland. October 2014.

    Spot on that. Your photos are really good; I think you've captured the place really well.
     
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    Re: ST Joseph's Seminary. Upholland. October 2014.

    Well in Telf, you lads did nail it this time and your pictures are proper Bo :thumb sorry that I couldnt make it and kicking myself even more now after seeing your report:)
     
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    Re: ST Joseph's Seminary. Upholland. October 2014.

    Thanks for your comments guys :thumb
     
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    Re: ST Joseph's Seminary. Upholland. October 2014.

    Nice one man! Love seeing this place, liking the the stuffed birds shot :thumb thanks for posting
     
  15. Lavino

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    Re: ST Joseph's Seminary. Upholland. October 2014.

    Good pictures telf great looking place .. Well done.
     
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