Grim up Norf
This started as a fairly relaxed mooch and ended up with a police heli buzzing us for 20 minutes, until 6 police cars turned up and surrounded the building :
So, our visit was by no means comprehensive, but we did get to see a fair bit of the decent stuff this place has to offer.. I am a bit gutted I missed those spiral stairs though!
Visited with The Kwan, Will Knot, Telf1980 and MSP
(Nicked from The Kwan
Saint Joseph's College was founded in 1880 by Bishop Bernard O'Reilly to be the Seminary serving the North West of England. The college was formally opened in 1883 and was situated in Walthew Park, Upholland, the geographic centre of the Diocese of Liverpool. Candidates for the priesthood studied and were ordained at the college. Up until the second Vatican Council boys as young as 11 years of age entered the Junior Seminary before progressing to the senior Seminary at 18. In 1972 following changes of policy the two junior seminaries of Saint Joseph's and Ushaw, along with the junior seminary of Saint Michael's, merged at Upholland, and in 1975, with declining numbers of men from Ireland offering themselves for the (now) Archdiocese of Liverpool the Senior seminary moved to Ushaw. In the 1980's Saint Joseph's offered boarding school education for boys considering a vocation up until 1987. From then until 1991, the building housed a small group of students who were still interested in a vocation to the priesthood, but rather than being schooled within the premises, they attended Saint John Rigby College, at Orrell.
And here's some of the pictures I managed to get...