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Report - St Johns Church, Whittingham, August 2015.

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The Church of St John, comprising of a chancel, nave, aisles and a tower, was built in the grounds of the County Lunatic Asylum, Whittingham.

As with all Victorian Institutions of the day, religion played a great part and, it was to this end that the church was built within the grounds, the contract for this and a Chaplain's house was awarded in September 1871.

St John's Church was Church of England, and provision for Roman Catholics was made in a room set aside in one of the wards. In June 1875 the Church was licensed by the Bishop of Manchester. The first hospital chaplain was the Rev W T Palmour. The Asylum cemetery was consecrated in 1895, again by the Bishop of Manchester and the chaplain was awarded 2/6d for each burial service performed.

The Asylum closed in 1995 and there are plans to convert the Church to a community center, this depends on whether they get listed building consent as St John’s is Grade II listed.

The cemetery was split into two halves, one for those who could afford to be buried and the other was a pauper’s cemetery. Today the cemetery is listed as being grassed over and all the name plates from the individual graves have been placed on a pile of stones.
ref: http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/Goosnargh/stjohn/index.html

Visited with @copper_bollocks, nice little explore shame to see a construction site inside but worth while non the less. With plenty of old features left to see.
Sorry about the quality of pictures im trying :)

Cheers folks :thumb

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