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Report - St Joseph’s Orphanage, Preston - August 3013

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by MSP, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. MSP

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    Visited yesterday with Telf1980 and Ellis my son (he's 9) first off big thanks to Telf for helping getting my Ellis in & out of the building, If anyone's not been exploring with Telf
    he is a seriously nice guy.

    One of my favourite explores, the place is huge and like a maze but I don't think there was a room we didn't go in to we were in there for four hours
    On our way out we were spotted by about 25 emo kids who were trying to get in, one of them asked Telf who was climbing out of our entrance and exit point "how do you get in" lol youth of today...

    History – The National Archives

    Down one of the side streets of Preston, there is a charitable institution called St. Joseph’s Orphanage. It was built and partially endowed by a local Catholic lady the lake Mrs. Maria Holland in 1872. The Orphanage is solely for Roman Catholic orphan girls; and they are instructed and generally looked after by nuns. Mr.R.W.Hughes, formerly of Preston, was the architect of the building. Since its opening there have been extensions, the cost of which has been defrayed by Catholics.

    On the eastern side of, and immediately adjoining, the Orphanage, there is St Joseph’s Institute for the Sick Poor. This building was erected out of funds bequeathed for the purpose by Mrs. Holland, the lady who erected the Orphanage; and it was opened in 1877. It is for Roman Catholics; is maintained by voluntary contributions; and is attended; gratuitously, by local medical gentlemen.


    St Joseph’s Hospital was erected on Mount Street, Preston in 1877 by Mrs Maria Holland for the benefit of the sick poor. It was opened in 1879 and run by the Sisters of Charity of our Lady Mother of Mercy, who also ran St Joseph’s Orphanage in Theatre street. In 1884, it opened up two rooms as accommodation for private patients, and during the First World War it provided care for wounded soldiers (often Belgians). The Hospital was later recognised as a training centre for nurses, and accepted its first trainees in 1958. The Hospital closed in the late 1980s, and is now the Mount Street Nursing Home. The Sisters of Charity are still based in Mount Street at Provincial House.

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    Ellis in the kitchen basement

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