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Report - Lisnevin Training School/ borstal Northern Ireland



AmyArchery

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#1
This is a reasonably large site (43 acres) with numerous buildings (27 residential, a school building, outbuildings and Woburn House). Woburn House was once a private summer mansion to John Gilmore Dunbar, a wealthy Belfast mill owner. The 1800 Italianate, B2 listed property, remained in the family until it was sold by Arthur Pack-Beresford to the ministry of finance. As per any abandoned building there's the usual paranormal b:turd that it's hunted; the story being something about a butler murdering a servant girl and throwing her in the Irish sea after dragging her body through a now sealed underground tunnel:bla. The site was most recently used as a prison officer training college complete with a dog section and gymnasium. In 2013 NIPS announced that it would close the site as a training facility in 2016 due to financial pressures.

In the 1950s a borstal/ juvenile centre was established which ran until 1976. It then became a training school until its closure in 2003. There have been allegations of sectarian abuse from staff and other residents with fights being described as a daily occourance between Protestants and Catholics (who would've guessed in Northern Ireland :rolleyes:). The building held up to 55 'violent and disturbed boys' between the ages of 10 and 17 at a time. An independent inspection by Queen's University Belfast came to the conclusion that the children that stayed there 'came in as criminals with low self-esteem and went out as criminals with high self-esteem'. It also had a very impressive re-offending rate of 89%! The workers at Lisnevin however tried to defend the institution and its residents by stating '1/3 of inmates had been physically or sexually abused while many more were severely disturbed'. It would be interesting to find out how many familiar infamous faces had passed through its doors.

I visited the old borstal building in March but gave the other buildings a miss as I've heard reports of dog patrols and alarms. I do plan a return visit some day to tackle the rest of the buildings.


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Must have had a lot of time to reflect behind bars...

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Main gate to borstal facing outside

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Main gate facing inside

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Personal alarms for guards?

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what appears to be a bullet hole above the sign

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I assume they used this place for tactical/ hostage situation training after it shut

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Dental practice inside

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Shotgun holes on door?

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Stalactites had started to form from roof

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Inside the laundry

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Inside the laundry

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Not honestly sure why the police tape was there probably from training

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Roll, roll, roll a joint...

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Can only imagine the amount of foul play..

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Workshop

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Workshop

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Workshop

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Workshop

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Green cell wing

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Think i'd feel uncomfortable having batman watch me sleep

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If Micky is a mouse, Pluto is a dog, Donald is a duck, then what tf is Goofy?

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Blue cell wing

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Holes left from tactical training?

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Holes left from tactical training?

Thanks for looking!
Amy:thumb
 

Urbex_NI

28DL Member
28DL Member
#10
I was there on Saturday past, brilliant site, almost no vandalism on this site at the minute just general signs of being empty. One thing to note about the prison building. The main gate is open a little but unless you are extremely skinny you will not fit through....only other access point is the main door beside the gate, this has a latch like a garden shed on it....if you were inside and someone were to latch this, well lets just say its a prison designed for not being able to get out of ! lol

I also went round the workshop/staff area/dog training area behind the big house, some of the offices looked like people had just left for the weekend....cups upturned on the drainer by the sink.

I imagine this site will be locked up soon due to being sold, so if you have time take the drive and go see it!
 

beautifully_derelict_ni

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#13
Haha don't worry! Thank you I'll have to go and have a wee read! I'm raging I didn't get any external shots I dont even know how I forgot :banghead
I tend to wander around and say to myself I will go back and take photos (on my trusty phone lol) of x y z then when I get home I remember I haven't taken the pictures lol... Usually because I'm rushing in case I get caught!