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Report - Whittingham Asylum, Lancashire - October 2013

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Stussy, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. Stussy

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    Good old Whitty, its been a long time coming for myself to visit this one. I had seen a lot of pics of this place, but it wasn't high on my list to do, just one of those derps you keep saying to yourself I'll do it next time or soon.

    On a recent road trip south it was suggested by a PeterC4 and Sonyes to head along there for a derp mission. Camping out in the nearby village green with Trooper and Revelation Space, on the night of the recent Lunar Eclipse it turned out to be a excellent spot to park up for the night and get some kip. Except I slept so well I missed the Eclipse, ooops!

    An early start meeting PeterC and Sonyes (Pr0j3ct M4yh3m would be joining the party later) we headed into the lions den, with Secca doing his rounds we were almost busted within minutes of setting off. But after getting a good soaking tramping through some fields we were within the grounds of the Hospital, only to be halted in our progress by Secca once again doing his job. He wasn't very good though as he failed to spot us and we soon disappeared into the building not to be seen again, for some 8 hours.

    Whittingham Asylum was designed by the Lancashire Asylum Boards Archtiect ~ Heny Littler, and construction work commenced in 1869 to alleviate pressure in the three other Lancashire which were deemed to be full in 1866. The Asylum is a Radial Pavilion Plan, the last surviving derelict since Cainhill was demolished back in 2010.

    Opening in 1st April 1876, Whittingham has a occupy capacity of 1000 patients, with the construction of two further annexs - St Johns and later St Marys. The capacity at its Peak in 1915 was 2,820.

    Various scandels affected the hospitals reputation and finally closing in 1995 due to better medicines and techniques to treat the patients eventually sealed its fate.

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    Thanks for looking!!​

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