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Report - Whittingham Asylum - Lancashire - May 2014

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Will Knot, Jun 12, 2014.

  1. Will Knot

    Will Knot 28DL Regular User
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    The Explore.........

    This report and pics were over several visits recently as I don't live too far away and access was far more easier than ever before :thumb

    Visited with Telf, other members and non members, meeting numerous others over the few visits with a big thanks to a couple for info and updates :D

    A Bit of History..........

    Whittingham Hospital was a psychiatric hospital in the parish of Whittingham, near Preston, Lancashire, England.

    The hospital opened in 1873 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.

    In 1866, the three Lancashire lunatic asylums at Prestwich, Rainhill and Lancaster were deemed to be full. Extra accommodation was urgently needed and to this end the building of Whittingham Asylum began in 1869. The hospital was designed by Henry Littler of Manchester, Architect to the Lancashire Asylums Board and built of red brick made from clay dug on site. The buildings followed a plan of multiple quadrangles with inter-connecting corridors radiating from a long axial corridor section.

    The hospital officially opened on 1 April 1873. The large complex had an initial capacity of 1000 inmates and included an Anglican church, a Catholic chapel, a recreation hall and a large farm estate.

    In 1878 a new annex was built on 68 acres of land to the north of the site. The annex was completed in 1880 and accommodated 115 patients and, by the special agreement of the Postmaster General, the hospital's own dedicated Post Office. In 1884, a sanatorium was established in the grounds for patients with infectious diseases.

    In 1892 works began for the grounds to be illuminated by electric lamps; these works were completed in 1894. Around this time an annex called Cameron House was opened to the northwest of the main building, joined in 1912 by a third annex, later to become known as St Margaret's division. By 1915 the number of inmates was recorded as 2,820 - more than double the asylum's original capacity.

    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.

    It was also reported that some wards were infested with vermin and others were too cold, too hot or too damp. In addition, it was found that there was a culture of petty theft on the wards and of serious fraud and embezzlement in some administrative offices.

    As a result of the investigation, both the Head Male Nurse and the Matron took early retirement. Two male nurses were convicted of theft and in a separate incident another nurse was jailed for manslaughter after an elderly patient he had assaulted later died.

    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.

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    And to go out with a bang.............

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    I hope you like the pics.......I Will Knot :rolleyes:
     

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  2. ZerO81

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    I do like the pics, very nice indeed.

    I wish I had chance to pop back again, I suspect its too far gone now to bother with sadly.
     
  3. georgie

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    Seriously good snaps matey
     
  4. Telf

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    Amazing shots m8, I'm glad I went before its gone.
     
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    Proper noice :thumb
     
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    Very nice. Great photography, Will. Really like your take on this :)
     
  7. Lenston

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    Great stuff mate, some top snaps there :thumb
     
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    Just noticed that big scary man behind the door in shot 6 :D
     
  9. Will Knot

    Will Knot 28DL Regular User
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    Yeah, scared the shit out of me too mate ;)
     
  10. The Kwan

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    Excellent stuff Will...some top photies :)
     
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    Love the texture of this place mate. Love your lonely typewriter shot aswell.

    LS
     
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    Love the decay elements and your pics of the site.
     
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  13. ExpoLight

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    What a great place for an explore. I like the ballroom shot, looks like something out of a Clockwork Orange. Nice pictures too, especially the light painting at the end. Good work. I am suprise its not listed, its certainly worth a visit if you live locally.
     
  14. Idle Hands

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    I really like this. I don't live that far away myself but never got motivated to go back after being hounded by security a few years back before I even reached the perimeter fence... Pretty much the one that got away now for me.

    Good report :)
     
  15. raisinwing

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    Good stuff mate, you captured the place really well.

    It's not too far gone at the moment, so anyone local who wanted to see it shouldn't miss the opportunity.
     
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