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Report - St. Josephs Seminary, Upholland, February 2015

Lavino

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HistorySt Joseph’s Seminary at Upholland opened in 1883, the first phase was built to a design by James O’Bryne. Set amongst a backdrop of copse and wildwood amidst gently sloping fields, the buildings are flanked with rough-hewn stone. An upper and lower lake are separated by a gentle and soothing waterfall. 1 The 150 acres of land the seminary is built upon had been purchased at auction in 1877. The grandeur of the chapels, meeting rooms, fixtures and fittings was unbelievable.The seminary was closed during WW1 and reopened in 1919 along with a junior seminary. The second phase of construction commenced in 1923. The design was in a different style to the original buildings, however it was equally as grand. Landscaped gardens and sports facilities were also completed by 1927. A new chapel was added in 1930 along with 14 sub chapels. The final addition to the site was a science block. 2St Joseph’s, usually referred to by its students simply as Upholland, was the main seminary serving the North West of England. The sister seminary at Ushaw provided the same services for the North East. Both institutions housed both a junior and senior seminary. The junior seminaries provided secondary education in a semi-monastic environment to boys aged 11 to 18 who wished to pursue the priesthood. The senior seminary taught adults philosophy and theology as they prepared for priesthood.


visited this place over a couple of weeks 9 hours over two trips let me start off by sat this place is amazing its huge.visited with my friend tom and met various other people in there saw ferox and his gang one week a reealy nice guy we explored few parts together and the man in black was there on both occasions second time he wss showing 2 guys around so we tagged along as he knows place like the back of his hand until the ear bleeding alarms triggered by some other lads entering the the he made a sharp exit...but the rest of us carried on.

On leaving we saw the security guy just arriving a big grufter with gold teeth.ok on with pics ill put some up from roof hpoe you like....

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Ferox

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Re: st josephs seminary upholland

Nice one Lavino, cool set of pics mate:thumb Well done on getting a full report up.
 

Lavino

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Re: st josephs seminary upholland

Yeah thanks ferox thought I'd give it another try it not that hard now I no how lol
 

Telf

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Re: st josephs seminary upholland

Good stuff lavino :thumb a bit of history is also a winner in future :thumb
 

runnerman

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Used to be my football teams home ground here and also used the changing rooms. As a local this building has a place in my heart. It always amazes me that many people don't know it's there. The same goes for Winstanley Hall just a few miles away.
 

runnerman

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There's rumours that there was once tunnels under this place connecting it with the now demolished convent across the road and possibly connections with UpHolland church which was once a monastery. As I said, these were only rumours.
 

Lavino

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Here's a little video from the dorms with a horrible waaaaaa in the back ground ...

 

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