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Oaklands Convent - Leyland - March 2019



Alboppo

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#1
This is my first post (3rd explore), so please go easy on me!
I had seen this building on my way to work a couple of times and was quite intrigued, so we decided to go and explore this afternoon.
In its day the convent building and site must’ve been lovely, after the last of the nuns left in 2016, the building was sold on and I’ve found details of a couple of planning applications to turn it in to a nursing home. Work has started on the interior (although this looks to have stopped) and the exterior is boarded - it was a doddle to get in without causing any damage though ;)

Most of the interior has been stripped out and sadly, the original fireplaces are no more which is the same for the staircase, but there are some of the original features left around the top of the walls and the ceilings.
Rather helpfully, someone had left a ladder behind which allowed us to get upstairs and have a scout around. There’s quite a lot of broken glass around as Most of the stained glass windows have been smashed prior to boarding.
We came back down to the ground floor and went to look in the basement, access to this was easy, but unfortunately, it is flooded with around 1 ft of water down there and bits of furniture, fire extinguishers and other odds and sods floating about.
There does look to have been a small fire upstairs at some point and there is some smoke damage on the walls/ ceilings.
There are several mattresses around the place and it looks like people have stayed here in the past, but, we saw no sign of anyone.

There is very little in the way of information on this building online so here’s what I could find...
When the Poor Clares, an order of nuns, came to Leyland during the Second World War they opened a convent in Moss Lane. The house thought to have been built around 1824, was owned over the years by many of the influential families of Lancashire.
When the Poor Clares moved to Arundel, they were followed by The Sisters of Our Lady of the Mission who moved into the premises.
The Sisters of Our Lady were a teaching order who opened a school next door at Oaklands, which was previously the home of Mrs Janey Baxter, the widow of James Edgar Baxter, the previous chairman of the directors of the Leyland & Birmingham Rubber Company, before he set up his own company J E Baxter & Co on Tuer Street.
In 2016, the last two remaining Sisters moved out.

Here’s a few pics to look at. Thanks for reading and I hope this post is ok :D

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Yorrick

I call bullshit!
Regular User
#3
Good effort and decent first post, don't think I've seen this before. Looks like the refurb is/was going to cover those lovely plaster details. Shame.

Can you put a month and year of your visit in the title please. It helps with any comparisons to future reports, explorers etc
 

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