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Report - St Josephs Orphanage - Preston - December 2016

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by VauxBex, Dec 6, 2016.

  1. VauxBex

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    St Josephs Orphanage - Preston - December 2016

    The Explore

    After three failed attempts (some with members on here), finally I managed to work it out. Once inside was an interesting and relaxed explore really.

    The History

    St Joseph’s Orphanage was opened in 1872 on the site of an ancient alms house, and St Joseph’s Hospital for the Sick Poor followed five years later.

    They were built by wealthy widow Maria Holland, who gave £10,000 at a time when Preston had one of the worst mortality rates in the country, due to poor housing and low-paid mill workers. St Joseph’s Orphanage cared for 971 children before it closed in 1954.

    Run by the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady Mother of Mercy, the orphanage was the first welfare provider for Roman Catholic girls in Preston, taking in up to 60 youngsters at a time in two dormitories.

    After its closure, the top floor of the orphanage continued to serve as accommodation for the nuns who worked in St Joseph’s Hospital, known locally as Mount Street Hospital.

    The hospital held collections to help pay for health care for poor patients. During the First and Second World Wars, they tended injured soldiers and, over the years, tens of thousands of babies were born at the hospital’s maternity unit. Legendary performer George Formby died at the hospital following a heart attack on March 6, 1961. The hospital closed when the last sisters left nursing in 1982. It later became a care home, which closed down more than ten years ago.

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  2. Alyxxxx

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    Back we go... :thumb:D
    Ace pics!
     
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    Great pics!!
     
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    Those poor stained glass windows! They were all in tact a couple of years ago :mad:
     
  5. VauxBex

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    I know its such a shame. Looking back at previous reports the place really has been trashed. They were beautiful and wrecked by mindless vandalism!
     
  6. Mr_K

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    Good report! Definitely looks worthy of a visit.

    Any security?
     
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    Yep!
     
  8. VauxBex

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    Only on the car park heard rumours of cameras watching it but I'veven never been bothered by anyone..
     
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    Somehow missed this report glad you got in mate. It's shadow of its former self but will always have a soft spot for this one, visited countless times in the past & found something new almost every time. You got some decent snaps of the place as well fella!
     
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    @urblex I took the opportunity when I could. Such a shame you weren't over bud! Thanks for the compliments on the pics pal...
     
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    How was is access to this place as I've google mapped it but can't see the best entry
     
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    I never thought I'd say this, but I actually want to go to Preston now! Nice one! :thumb
     
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    Looks more and more trashed every time i see it! Shame really.
     
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    Excellent photos , really need to go on my first urban hunt .
     
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    Great pictures, worth a visit.
     
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