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Report - Whittingham Asylum, Lancashire, April 14

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by H1971, Apr 20, 2014.

  1. H1971

    H1971 28DL Regular User
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    Another road trip planed. The usual 4am set off time and we were on our way :) This was my 2nd visit to this old girl and I was certainly shocked at the change in her. As everyone now knows demolishing is well on it's way. They are obviously keen to get her down as they even started working nearly as early as us. Had about an hour before we had to make a hasty retreat due to a digger turning up lol.
    Visited with AuntieKnickers, The Stig and Skapunkmetalskater

    History - pinched from my first report
    In 1866, the three Lancashire lunatic asylums at Prestwich, Rainhill and Lancaster were deemed to be full. Extra accommodation was urgently needed and to this end the building of Whittingham Asylum began in 1869. The hospital was designed by Henry Littler of Manchester, Architect to the Lancashire Asylums Board and built of red brick made from clay dug on site. The buildings followed a plan of multiple quadrangles with inter-connecting corridors radiating from a long axial corridor section.
    The hospital officially opened on 1 April 1873. The large complex (later known as St. Luke's Division) had an initial capacity of 1000 inmates and included an Anglican church, a Catholic chapel, a recreation hall and a large farm estate. In 1878 a new annexe (later known as St. John's Division) was built on 68 acres of land to the north of the site. The annexe was completed in 1880 and accommodated 115 patients and, by the special agreement of the Postmaster General, the hospital's own dedicated Post Office. In 1884, a sanatorium was established in the grounds for patients with infectious diseases.In 1892 works began for the grounds to be illuminated by electric lamps; these works were completed in 1894. Around this time an annexe called Cameron House was opened to the northwest of the main building, joined in 1912 by a third annexe, later to become known as St Margaret's division. By 1915 the number of inmates was recorded as 2,820 - more than double the asylum's original capacity.

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  2. AuntieKnickers

    AuntieKnickers inquisitive historian
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    some good shots there H :thumb and as always we had some giggles along the way.
     
  3. Will Knot

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    I only live about seven or eight miles away from this site but I've still never bloody been and it's gettin' to late :( Nice shots there, thanks for postin' :thumb
     
  4. H1971

    H1971 28DL Regular User
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    Ah Will Knot you are jokin, you have certainly missed a treat :)
     
  5. ASOM

    ASOM One-Man Urbex Art Army
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    How the hell did you manage that!? :rolleyes: I live on the other side of the country and have been twice - whenever I'm out for a walk on a sunny summer's evening with nowt much else do to, I WISH there was an abandoned asylum a few miles away, you lucky sod!
     
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