Whittingham Asylum – United Kingdom

Whittingham Asylum – United Kingdom
(2012) (horizontal)

Photo’s / images have always had my interest, from 2012 i spent more time in this fantastic hobby.
Summer 2012 i went with my cousin Jascha Hoste ( www.lostintime.eu.nl ) on an urbextrip through the UK, where we visited some wonderful locations,1 is..
(info from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whittingham_Hospital )

Whittingham Hospital was a psychiatric hospital in the parish of Whittingham, near Preston, Lancashire, England. 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.[1] It closed in 1995.

IN THE EARLY YEARS, North Lodge, the entrance to Guild Park, the grounds of the former Whittingham Hospital
A ward exterior pictured in 2008

The hospital officially opened on 1 April 1873, although 115 patients had already been admitted in the previous year, some of whom helped with the building work.[6] The large complex (to be known as St. Luke’s Division from 1958) was completed in June 1875, and had an initial capacity of 1100 inmates and included an Anglican church, a Catholic chapel, a recreation hall and a large farm estate.[7]In 1878 a new annexe (known as St. John’s Division from 1958) was built on 68 acres of land to the north of the site. The annexe was completed in 1880 and could accommodate 700 patients and, by the special agreement of the Postmaster General, the hospital’s own dedicated Post Office.[8] The hospital contributed £15,500 towards Fulwood Urban District Council’s scheme to extract water from Beacon Fell, in exchange for 90,000 gallons of water per day to be supplied, free of charge, to the hospital. This was achieved under the Fulwood and Whittingham Water Act of 1882.[9] In 1884, a sanatorium was established in the grounds for patients with infectious diseases.[8]In 1892 works began for the grounds to be illuminated by electric lamps; these works were completed in 1894. In 1900 an annexe called Cameron House was opened to the northwest of the main building, joined in 1912 by a third annexe, later to become known as St Margaret’s division in 1958. By 1915 the number of inmates was recorded as 2,820 – more than double the asylum’s original capacity.[8]

More about the use of the hospital in the first,- second,- & postwar and about the Abuse scandal and enquiry july 1967 and much more on
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whittingham_Hospital and for more vertical photo’s: http://peterhoste.nl/whittingham-asylum-united-kingdom-v

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….meanwhile time will break down the materials & memories of this place.
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