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Report - Whittingham Asylum - Preston Lancashire, April 2014

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Tazmac25, Jun 1, 2014.

  1. Tazmac25

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    First post and first attempt at Urban Ex so please be gentle with me
    After following a number of posts on this forum decided to give Whittingham a go before its gone forever
    Extremely lucky with the outing over the Easter bank holiday - no security no workman

    Whittingham History
    Whittingham asylum was opened in 1866 and by 1939 grew to being England’s largest populated asylum (the second largest in Europe) housing, at full capacity over 3500 patients and 600 members of staff. During Whittingham’s 129 year history the asylum doctors pioneered the use of electroencephalograms (EEGs)
    Whittingham was built in 4 phases, St Luke’s, St John’s, Cameron House and lastly St Margaret’s. The red bricked buildings were made from bricks made of clay dug from the site and took the form of multiple detached courtyard blocks with connecting corridors. The asylum like many others of the Victorian era was built to be as self-sufficient as possible. Whittingham had its own railway station, water tower, post office, Anglican church and catholic chapel, gas works and ballroom to name but a few.
    During both world wars parts of Whittingham were commandeered for the treatment of war casualties; patients who died at this time were buried in the institutions private cemetery at the edge of the site. At the end of the war the hospital was returned to civilian use.
    Between the wars public perception began to change; Whittingham Asylum changed its name to Whittingham Mental Hospital and the term ‘Lunatic’ was replaced with the phrase ‘Person of unsound mind’. Parliament passed the First Mental Health Act resulting in the first voluntary patients being admitted to Whittingham.
    The 1960s was a turbulent time for Whittingham there were serious complaints of cruelty, abuse and fraud in the hospital and this signalled the beginning of the end of Whittingham Mental Hospital.

    In the 1970s and 1980s new drugs and therapies were introduced to people suffering from mental illnesses and attitudes once again began to radically change towards mental health care. Large and outmoded Victorian institutions such as Whittingham were deemed not to be the way forward in the treatment of Mental Illness and small ‘specialised’ units were being created adjacent to large busy general hospitals.

    Despite the grim start of asylums and the dark days of cruelty and abuse; in the later years Whittingham was a true community, a haven for many people with nowhere else be.

    By the late 1980s into the early 1990s long stay psychiatric patients who in the past would have been institutionalised for life began to being successfully returned into the community. The history of many mentally ill patients tell us that all too often a patient would enter the hospital for a few days treatment and still be there many years later, in some instances many never left at all.

    Whittingham Mental Hospital closed its doors for the last time in 1995 and has stood abandoned, plagued by decay, vandals and thieves until 2014 when the bulldozers started to move in. The only friendly visitors to Whittingham during this 20 year stretch have been urban explorers taking only photos and leaving only footprints whilst they document the decline of the buildings of the once great Whittingham Asylum.

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    Re: Whittingham Asylum - Preston Lancashire April 2014

    Not bad for a first report mate, but you need to add some history to the report as well :thumb
     
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    Re: Whittingham Asylum - Preston Lancashire April 2014

    First post edited to include a history report

    Many thanks
     
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    Thanks Tazmac, I have made a small adjustment, by adding some spaces to the history (for ease of reading) and moved it to the start of the report as that tends to be how its done.
     
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    Re: Whittingham Asylum - Preston Lancashire April 2014

    You've got some nice shots there :thumb nice to see some b&w too
     
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    Re: Whittingham Asylum - Preston Lancashire April 2014

    Has this been demolished yet? I'm looking for a first outing location and this one would be nice to try if it hasn't been demolished yet?
     
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    Re: Whittingham Asylum - Preston Lancashire April 2014

    Great first report!
     
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    Re: Whittingham Asylum - Preston Lancashire April 2014

    Really nice shots there, thank you for sharing :)
     
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    Re: Whittingham Asylum - Preston Lancashire April 2014

    I was there a couple of weeks ago and a lot had gone from when I took most of these in April but still scope for some good shots I think
    Btw the demo guys work some weekends x
     
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    Re: Whittingham Asylum - Preston Lancashire April 2014

    Thanks, I'll try and get out there soon!
     
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    Re: Whittingham Asylum - Preston Lancashire April 2014

    Awesome Report. I wish I got here before they knocked it down :(
     
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    Re: Whittingham Asylum - Preston Lancashire April 2014

    Has it been knocked down?
     
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    Re: Whittingham Asylum - Preston Lancashire April 2014

    I know they are not knocking the front buildings but they have been working on this for quite a while now
    I've not been for a couple of weeks and my photos were taken in April
    Can anyone confirm if there is anything left ???
     
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    Re: Whittingham Asylum - Preston Lancashire April 2014

    There should be quite a lot left based on comments from the demo guys previously. I would expect there to still be stuff to explore, excluding the stuff that's staying, until at least christmas.
     
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    Re: Whittingham Asylum - Preston Lancashire April 2014

    Looks like a pretty cool place to visit, gonna have check this out when I'm next up to see the family in Blackpool.....that's if they haven't ripped it down by then!
     
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