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Report - Whittingham Hospital, Preston. October 2011.

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Lucky Pants, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. Lucky Pants

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    Whittingham Hospital, whose grounds adjoin the village of Goosnargh, grew to be the largest mental hospital in the country, and pioneered the use of electroencephalograms. At the end of the first World War, a part of the hospital (later known as “St Margaret’s Division”) was used as a military hospital. It was again used for this purpose during the second World War.The building of Whittingham Asylum began in 1869, originally to accommodate 1000 patients, by 1939, the number of patients was 3533, with a staff of 548, making it the largest mental hospital in the country. Whittingham Hospital had its own stretch of Railway it was a two-mile private branch to Grimsargh, built in 1887, to provide coal and other goods. It also provided free transport for staff and passengers. It eventually closed in on 30 June 1957.The Mental Health Act of 1960 deemed large institutions like Whittingham to be out of favour. Allegations of cruelty to patients led to a public inquiry During the 1970s and 1980s, new drugs and therapies were introduced. Long-stay patients were returned to the community or dispersed to smaller units around Preston. The hospital eventually closed in 1995.
    The site subsequently became known as “Guild Park”. In 1999, Guild Lodge was opened on the edge of Guild Park, supplying secure mental services, followed the next year by rehabilitation cottages close by.It is planned to build 650 new homes on the site and to preserve some of the hospital buildings as apartments :banghead.
    Thats a bit of history of the place, another great explore, this time they had put up 8 ft metal railings on the bridge, but soon found a way round, then a lay down in the unergrowth for what seemed to be hours (mins) as the security patrolled within yards of us which was great!, better that they did nt even see us :p.Once in we seemed to have the roam of the place .
    The hospital has been trashed, wires have been stripped out, graffiti ,rotting floors, fallen roofs and even sides of the building fallen in, but it still holds onto its character and there s still a sence of wonder and awe about the place, this was my fourth trip to Whittingham and no way have i seen it all . It maybe the last time i see the place as rumor has it its due to go soon, how true these are im not sure?.
    Anyway had another great day out with altdayout ,cheers :thumb.

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    Thanks for looking :thumb.
     

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