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Report - Whittingham Lunatic Asylum - Preston, Lancs - April 2014

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by THEJBUK, Apr 30, 2014.

  1. THEJBUK

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    Whittingham Lunatic Asylum

    Alright guys its JB,​

    We've been to Whittingham Asylum three times now in the last month and sad to say but each time we go there's more gone. Seriously though I'm talking within one week they've demolished whole wings.

    So the place has been shut down because of serious abuse by staff and some staff essentially stealing around 40,000 pounds off patients when it was open. Horrible i know, but one thing did get me thinking.
    I noticed that all of the good bricks have been saved, wrapped and put on new pallets. All of the Ornate Columns were lay out ready for collection and same story with all of the Lintels from the windows.

    Why is it people wont save a beautiful building / complex like this one but we have no problem destroying it and using essentially all of the remains for future building? You would think that even in smaller parts if a building truly is 'evil' etc you wouldn't want anything to do with it.

    What are your opinions?


    Whittingham Lunatic Asylum was founded in 1869 and grew to be the largest mental hospital in Britain, and pioneered the use of electroencephalograms (EEGs). During its time it had its own church, farms, railway, telephone exchange, post office, reservoirs, gas works, brewery, orchestra, brass band, ballroom and butchers. It closed in 1995.

    On 18 July 1967, the Student Nurses' Association held an enquiry with the senior nursing tutor. The enquiry heard (among others) the following complaints:

    That patients had been left untreated
    That some patients had been given only bread and jam to eat or had been given food mixed up and served as "slops"
    That some patients had been locked outside, regardless of weather conditions, or in washrooms and cupboards.
    That in one ward, students had witnessed patients being dragged about by their hair.
    That on ward 3, a male ward, patients were given "wet towel treatment", which involved twisting a cold, wet towel or bed sheet round a patient's neck until the patient lost consciousness. Patients were also seen to have been punched and locked in a storeroom.
    On ward S2, another male ward, it was alleged that two male nurses had poured methylated spirits into the slippers of one patient and into the dressing gown pocket of another and set them alight.

    In 1968–69, £91,000 was issued from sources for the use of patients, yet only £42,000 was recorded as having been spent in the hospital shop, supposedly leaving the remaining £49,000 unaccounted for.

    As a result of the investigation, both the Head Male Nurse and the Matron took early retirement. Two male nurses were convicted of theft and in a separate incident another nurse was jailed for manslaughter after an elderly patient he had assaulted later died.


    Ive Left Loads of information out because honestly there is so much history here i don't want to ruin the thread. Check the Wikipedia out though if you need more :) Whittingham Hospital - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Thanks for looking guys any comments / criticism welcome. I filmed the view from the water tower too so you can see what its like in there first hand. Thanks again :)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6Gyjeet4jQ&feature=youtu.be


    EDIT - Noticed on most of these Whittingham threads you guys wanted some external or aerial shots, so we rocked up with a cherry picker and got some before its too late...
    Like badmen ;)


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  2. ZerO81

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    Re: Whittingham Lunatic Asylum - Preston, Lancs - April 2014

    Some really nice shots there mate.

    The hall does look odd with the stained glass uncovered again, lets hope that they save those windows at least!
     
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    Re: Whittingham Lunatic Asylum - Preston, Lancs - April 2014

    Nice shots mate, sad she's nearly gone. What bits are they actually keeping?
     
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    Re: Whittingham Lunatic Asylum - Preston, Lancs - April 2014

    Good to see more people making an effort with this place since it's days are now numbered
     
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    good work
    hopefully "some unseen for years" bits will turn up
     
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    Re: Whittingham Lunatic Asylum - Preston, Lancs - April 2014

    I ought to get my arse back up here, going to miss this place. :(
     
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    Re: Whittingham Lunatic Asylum - Preston, Lancs - April 2014

    *Lunatic Asylum*

    :)
     
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    Re: Whittingham Lunatic Asylum - Preston, Lancs - April 2014

    Ban hammer if mental is used again :D
     
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    Re: Whittingham Lunatic Asylum - Preston, Lancs - April 2014

    I do believe I beat you to it and changed it on your behalf ;-)
     
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    Haha nothing personal just my OCD kicking in, great photos btw :D
     
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    Re: Whittingham Lunatic Asylum - Preston, Lancs - April 2014

    I wonder how many of us on here have OCD :popcorn
     
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    Re: Whittingham Lunatic Asylum - Preston, Lancs - April 2014

    I have... and with that in mind JB, if you type a double space in between the IMG tags it puts a gap between the pictures when you have two on the same line, and aligns the outside edges :D

    Nice pics by the way... I never did do Whittingham :(
     
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    Yeah i know. I did preview the photos like that and considered it actually, but i like the variation.
     
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    Good work mate, It's a shame that this place has little time left.
     
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    Re: Whittingham Lunatic Asylum - Preston, Lancs - April 2014

    can anyone tell me if the vault and or dafes still there?
     
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