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Report - St Joseph's Seminary - June 2020


Dragon_Urbex

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This was a big tick off the urbex bucket list for me. Been wanting to do this one for about 5 years now...! St Joseph's Seminary is a derelict, deconsecrated Roman Catholic seminary, a kind of priest's training school served by monks. It was founded in 1883 and closed in 1992 (iirc) and has been pretty much left since. The site is weird - parts are more derelict than others. Also, fun fact; Johnny Vegas actually attended the seminary...!

The Explore:

First things first was a 10 minute walk through all sorts of bushes and up and down steep hills... on a particularly steep descent, I slipped and almost rolled down the hill into aload of muddy water! But, we soon reached the perimeter fence. About 5 minutes later, we got in and were inside the Seminary. Some teens saw us inside the perimeter and got in themselves... and got caught and dobbed us in to the security on site. If you two are reading this, you are both a pair of bastard snitches. :^)

Anyhow, we explored for about an hour until a small security guard popped out from behind a door and escorted us out. Gave me a heart attack almost. Still, he was a nice bloke and very friendly so thanks to him for being so nice. But, I shall be back to see the chapel sometime...! The bell inside the tower is what I want to see - I'm a church bell ringer and the bell hungin the tower is a Matthew Byrne of Dublin bell, cast in 1897. It weighs 21cwt (hundredweight) which is between 1,050kg and 1,100kg. Pretty damn rare now as most Byrne bells were smashed up and recast into newer bells in the 20th century.

Onto the photos! Some will be out of focus because my lens began malfunctioning that day. I need to get a new one now.

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I've heard people say getting out is a helluva lot easier than getting in. I get what they mean now...! :D

Thanks for readin'!
 

Bazza74

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Fair play for getting in, it’s a lot harder now, but it’s on my bucket list too!
Shame on the kids spoiling your explore, I didn’t realise the guards went in any more.
You seemed to get around a bit though....didn’t make it to the chapel I guess?
 

Dragon_Urbex

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Fair play for getting in, it’s a lot harder now, but it’s on my bucket list too!
Shame on the kids spoiling your explore, I didn’t realise the guards went in any more.
You seemed to get around a bit though....didn’t make it to the chapel I guess?
Yeah it was pretty hard. The fence is annoying as anything, then again that's palisades for you. Those teens... god they pissed me off! Next time I go I hope I don't get caught - we didn't see the chapel and that was the main thing on the list to see there.
 

Bazza74

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Yeah it was pretty hard. The fence is annoying as anything, then again that's palisades for you. Those teens... god they pissed me off! Next time I go I hope I don't get caught - we didn't see the chapel and that was the main thing on the list to see there.
I agree, it’s just getting in quick as poss then you should be safe, the church does look stunning so I hope you get to see it.
 

Dragon_Urbex

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I agree, it’s just getting in quick as poss then you should be safe, the church does look stunning so I hope you get to see it.
Safe unless secca come into the building, which he did...! I hope next time we do see it, and the bell as well. It's of interest to me as I am a bell ringer at Canterbury Cathedral.
 

alkey_15

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Hows entrance into the buildings? I did a bit of a recon trip today and wondered around the grounds. Didn't get close enough to entrance into the buildings.
 

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