Report - Whittingham Preston- June 2014

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28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Jun 5, 2012
Whittingham Preston- June 2014

Was lucky to visit one a warm sunny night and had the chance to get a good look before its all gone. We where also lucky enough to not only see the top of the water tower but also to find are selves at the top of the lift shaft and get some amazing views of the asylum,Preston and even further afield. What was left was mostly rubble but still managed to get a few decent snaps

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'The hospital opened in 1873 as the Fourth Lancashire County Asylum and grew to be the largest mental hospital in Britain, and pioneered the use of electroencephalograms (EEGs). During its time it had its own church, farms, railway, telephone exchange, post office, reservoirs, gas works, brewery, orchestra, brass band, ballroom and butchers. It closed in 1995.'

'On 18 July 1967, the Student Nurses' Association held a meeting with the senior nursing tutor, submitting serious complaints of cruelty, ill-treatment and fraud in the hospital. The Head Male Nurse then called a meeting of all students in which the students were threatened with actions for libel and slander. Several further complaints were suppressed until the following year when the Hospital Management Committee finally intervened and announced an inquiry into allegations of corruption and abuse. The inquiry divided the allegations into three specific headings: Care of Patients, Organisation of Services, and Financial Control.'

'During the 1970s and 1980s, new drugs and therapies were introduced to treat people suffering from mental illnesses. Long-stay patients were returned to the community or dispersed to smaller units around Preston. The hospital closed in 1995'















Top of the water tower

Top of the lift shaft
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