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  1. St. Joseph's Seminary The Explore An unexpected trip but a very welcome one after a very kind last minute invite from Urblex, thanks mate I happened to be in the Shropshire area as it turned out the day before the explore so was already two hours from home but more importantly, less than one hour from Wigan. I was faced with the choice of driving all the way home and returning in the middle of the night 40 squid of diesel lighter, or arriving 12 hours too early and spending the night in the car. Last June when access was a little more tricky here myself, Matt Inked and Catbalou attempted an insane access point here in the middle of an fucking monsoon for well over 18 hours and eventually had to return home defeated. In recent months the place has been appearing more and more online, all good for us at the time, but everyone knows that too easy an access normally only ends badly for the location, which is the most important thing in my opinion. Secca needs to get out of that cabin from time to time and keep the more unsavoury characters out before its DRI'd. Anyway, i digress. I met up with Urblex, Ferox, a nice lady and gentleman called Kirsty and Paul from 28DL and I must've looked a state after a hypothermic half-sleep in my car nearby. Good to meet you all, cracking company! Approximately 25 mins after the access we had our first taste of the ear shredder, fuck me, one to be experienced to be believed. A few minutes after eardrum hell started we decided we might as well push through the known alarmed areas while they were already belting out their decibels, turned a corner into the main corridor at lo and behold, standing at the end of the corridor was a tall bloke dressed in black gesturing us in his direction. Fuck sake, all that effort and busted within half an hour? I walked towards him with a couple of random people that appeared from nowhere just before the alarms started wailing. I could see his mouth moving but couldn't hear a thing, i just assumed he was giving us a bollocking and nodded accordingly. I noticed a Go-Pro attached to his chest but thought nothing of it at the time, in this day and age. He led us out of the of the noise and only then did I hear what he was saying then noticed the tripod on his back. Turns out he was a local explorer and knew the place like the back of his hand. What a mug I felt and he laughed when I told him that i thought he was escorting us off site haha. He said he's a member of OS but didn't mention his user name. If you're reading this mate, big thanks for the info and directions After a quick chin wag i realised i had lost the rest of the group in the commotion so spent the next hour mooching around on my todd whilst looking to re-group. We found each other and spent a good 4 hours exploring this mint place with lots of comedy moments, especially when we walked around blind corners to occasionally set off the alarms and heard other groups do the same a few floors below us. Lots of mini heart attacks each time lol, a fun morning out indeed! The History St Joseph's College was founded in 1880 by Father Dougal Maguire 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. St. Joseph's (usually referred to by its students simply as "Upholland") was one of two main seminaries serving the north of England. Upholland served the northwest, Ushaw College the northeast. For many years, each of these institutions housed both a junior and a senior seminary. The election of Archbishop Ted Crilly from Craggy Island saw the controversial decision to close St Joseph's altogether and the property was sold to Anglo International who instructed AEW Architects for the conversion of the Grade 2 listed RC Seminary to 92 apartments, with 220 new build enabling units. The pictures 1. External taken Jun 14 2. Roof Pano 3. 4. Loved the roof detail in this place.. 5. 6. 7. Ferox at work... 8. Turrrquoise Hall 9. 10. It appears that at one point the security office was in the main building... 11. Up the wobbly ladder to the clock tower with Urblex... 12. The White Arches.. 13. 14. 15. Spider Apartments.. 16. 17. 18. Spiraly-ness... 19. 20. Lower floors area... 21. Some kind of drying room.. 22. Dinner Time.. 23. The old classic from here.. As always, thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated folks
  2. It's about time I submitted something from my growing backlog so here's one from a little while back... The Roman Catholic theological college was founded in 1808 and finally closed in 2011. I made 2 visits within the space of 10 days, due to forgetting to attach the tripod plate onto the base of my camera the first time. Lesson learned! For fans of uber-decay and religious icons this is a treat And on to the St Cuthbert's chapel. I was a bit gutted that the pews had very recently been tampered with in a serious way, however there was plenty of wonderful stuff to appreciate. I have to say I was totally mesmerised with this statue and ended up taking shots from every angle. To sum up the idea of beauty in decay in one shot, personally I think this would nail it - Peace be upon you brothers and sisters....
  3. History: Briefly, the abandoned St Joseph’s College, Upholland is a former Roman Catholic seminary, situated at Walthew Park, Upholland, Lancashire, England. The foundation of the large building were laid in April 1880 and college was opened in 1883. The buildings have recently been deconsecrated following the announced closure of the College which saw the last students leave in 1992. The seminary 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. In 1986 the total number of students was down to 82, of whom only 54 were Church students, and it was no longer viable to educate them on the premises. From 1987 the remaining students attended St. John Rigby College in nearby Orrell for their schooling, an arrangement that continued until the very last of these students left Upholland in 1992. Explore: I visited here with loocyloo (shout to her for letting me crash at hers and being the designated driver), redhunter, whynotdiex, and a couple of non-members. we arrived here pretty early and under dakrness made our entry. Now, we had a little bit of time to kill, so what better way that to do it with a fry up on the roof? Nothing kicks off a day of exploring better than a bacon buttie! Soon enough the sun was up and we were off to take some pictures! Bumped into about 8 other explorers here - unfortunately I'm not sure if any are members:confused: We had a real laugh, and no doubt this was topped off with a brilliant security encounter. We were on the roof shooting and heard a car arrive, and in record time a head popped up from the access hatch - "youre not supposed to be here" he muttered, and after a brief moment we said we'd leave. We packed up out gear and descended the ladder only to find he'd wondered off, so we took that as an opportunity to spend another hour inside shooting! Definitely one of my top explores, in a beautiful location with some top company! I was told the sinks were sealed, but coming all this way I had to go and check for myself. An awkward climb through a smashed window led into the courtyard, and I thought I'd go check it out before dragging all my gear out there. Realising they were sealed i now had the job of getting back through this smashed window, and with glass left in the frame it made it awkward. I opted for a heard-first approach and hoped for the best. Lucky, loocyloo was on hand to document the whole situation on my camera. It's safe to say she got a bit snap happy, as 2 minutes later I had over 40 pictures of me attempting to get through a window! To finish off, a group shot in the courtyard! As always, thanks for reading!
  4. The Visits I'm sure this forum is awash with St. Joes reports but I thought as I'm new it would be rude of me not to post a few shots from my explores of this wonderful building. They are from a number of different visits ranging from June to October this year. Most have been very early morning visits hence the sunrise shots, personally I think this is the nicest time to enjoy this building. There are a good few generic shots everyone has seen before but I just love the place so couldn't help myself The History St Joseph’s Seminary at Upholland opened in 1883, the first phase was built to a design by James O’Bryne. Set amongst a backdrop of copse and wildwood amidst gently sloping fields, the buildings are flanked with rough-hewn stone. An upper and lower lake are separated by a gentle and soothing waterfall. The 150 acres of land the seminary is built upon had been purchased at auction in 1877. The grandeur of the chapels, meeting rooms, fixtures and fittings was unbelievable. The seminary was closed during WW1 and reopened in 1919 along with a junior seminary. The second phase of construction commenced in 1923. The design was in a different style to the original buildings, however it was equally as grand. Landscaped gardens and sports facilities were also completed by 1927. A new chapel was added in 1930 along with 14 sub chapels. The final addition to the site was a science block.
  5. Visited with a few peeps from here one early Sunday morning. We got to the site at about 5am and then met headed up to the roof to cook some breakfast, was so nice sitting there watching as the light started to come over the view. We spent about 3 hours there and only covered about 10% of the place, a revisit will be needed. Also the sausage butty wasn't that bad either. History St Joseph’s Seminary at Upholland opened in 1883, the first phase was built to a design by James O’Bryne. Set amongst a backdrop of copse and wildwood amidst gently sloping fields, the buildings are flanked with rough-hewn stone. An upper and lower lake are separated by a gentle and soothing waterfall. The 150 acres of land the seminary is built upon had been purchased at auction in 1877. The grandeur of the chapels, meeting rooms, fixtures and fittings was unbelievable. The seminary was closed during WW1 and reopened in 1919 along with a junior seminary. The second phase of construction commenced in 1923. The design was in a different style to the original buildings, however it was equally as grand. Landscaped gardens and sports facilities were also completed by 1927. A new chapel was added in 1930 along with 14 sub chapels. The final addition to the site was a science block.
  6. UK Ushaw Seminary Oct 2015

    Heading back from Scotland, first after the overnight stop and a slightly underwhelming breakfast (damn Greggs for being closed!) me and my companions hit a site I had wanted to see for some time but due to it's distance away had never gotten the chance to factor into a trip. Ushaw College, a former Catholic seminary and Licensed Hall of Residence of the University of Durham, covers 400 acres in the village of Ushaw Moor in the UK. It was founded in 1808 by scholars from English College, Douai, who had fled France after that college had been closed during the French Revolution. Ushaw College had been affiliated with the University of Durham since 1968. Around a third of the site was closed off and abandoned some years ago, with the rest of the site continuing to be used as a seminary until 2011. Very soon after that the non-derelict buildings were taken over by Durham University Business School and the grounds are maintained by the Ushaw Charitable Trust. OK it may not be anywhere near as grand or as large as it's sister seminary St. Joseph's further south but it is still quite impressive. Sadly the beautiful chapel has been comprehensively sealed from the inside by a massive steel plate but other than that it's a nice peaceful explore with some very dodgy floors in places and some friendly security horses keeping watch Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/albums/72157660297937346
  7. The History St 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. The seminary was closed during WW1 and reopened in 1919 along with a junior seminary. The second phase of construction commenced in 1923. St Joseph’s, usually referred to by its students simply as Upholland, was the main seminary serving the North West of England. The sister seminary at Ushaw provided the same services for the North East. Both institutions housed both a junior and senior seminary. The junior seminaries provided secondary education in a semi-monastic environment to boys aged 11 to 18 who wished to pursue the priesthood. The senior seminary taught adults philosophy and theology as they prepared for priesthood. The Visit Visited the first time with Loocyloo, Merryprankster and 2 none members!. To start the Alarms were hell! Ear plugs would be highly recommended if you are planning on going! Been here quite a few times over the past few months winter has hit this place hard tbh! Enjoy! I made a virtual 360 tour of this room click here to see it Sorry for the mix match images this was over a few visits with 3 cameras! also going to be doing more 360s if i get enough positive respone
  8. Hello again! Possibly the most documented urbex building in the UK so theres no need for history, just check out the hundreds of other reports. I've legit done this place to death, seen every part other than a few rooms which are always locked. St Josephs hosted a recent meet up myself and -Raz- attended and that was a quality day with Mars Lander, Hank Moody and others. A personal Favourite photo, can anyone spot Raz? Photos from various explores; If you got this far, thanks for reading
  9. BEEP BEEP tour bus coming through! Yeah its been a touristy weekend, never bumped into another explorer until this weekend and bumped into other explorers at two separate locations in one day! To be honest though i couldnt give a sheet, i've wanted to see Joe's for a long time and it was bloody ace so dont care if every man and his dogs, grannies, aunties, budgeys, brothers, mothers, lovers has been through here, i had a good time, took some alreet photos and got wood for some wood, good day in my books!- and yeah i know pretty much every photo in my set will have been taken by someone else before but hopefully a few of them are at an angle half a degree or two different from the rest! Im surprised there aren't little foot prints painted on the floor and signs saying, stand here, point camera there! anymahoo, good evenin explorers, how are we all? hope everyones been getting some good exploring in over the weekend, must say ive had a great weekend up north, St Joeys (seminary, not the orphanage), walkleys clog museum and blue church. Joes was amazing, a wood lovers wet dream, walkleys was just bloody fun, hardly a shining beacon of beauty and decay dancing around each other and conjuring up emotionally evocative scenes of lost moments frozen in time - nah bollocks to that shit, walkleys is just good ol fashioned, peter pan, never gona grow up, big kid fun, didn't think much of blue church to be fair, bit too far gone now if you ask me. Ageing/decaying has given way too plain old trashed now unfortunately. Ill fire up reports for walkleys and joes but hardly think the church is worth it, only took about 4 shots in there. moving swiftly onwards - the explore Oh my Cheesus christ, that noise... those of you who have been will know what im on about, that noise is HORRIFIC, i swear i could here it when i got back to worcs later that night, anyone thinking of going-ear plugs, big massive ear plugs. Im surprised the local explorer who showed us around has got any ears left! first stop was the chapel, awesome timber frame roof in this place with absolutely beautiful hammer trusses, luckily someone previous to us had covered one of the main PIRs so we didn't have to suffer through that bloody noise again, though unfortunately we would be hearing it again shortly! we spent a bit of time in chapel though i wasn't happy with most the photos i took, bar the one beneath that is, just about the only alright shot i got in there to be fair. after that we had a wander around the ground floor whilst it was still early, took in some nice big rooms, bit of ceiling porn and a bit of corridor porn, whilst downstairs we headed over to the world famous sinks, like i said earlier, we've all seen them before but here they are again after the sinks we headed upwards and to be honest cant really remember what order the explore went in after that! at one point we were on the roof, at one point i saw a dead squirrel, at one point i lost everyone, at one point people were getting spun around washing machines...which was later described as epic... never have i heard the words epic and washing machine in the same sentence, it didn't look very epic, the parma ham i was tucking into whilst this was going on however... To be fair this is a big place you could wonder around here for days! Ill give you some token gesture copy n paste history and then let the pics speak for themselves in terms of the explore - a pictures worth a thousands words n all that! oh yeah, decay wise joes has got a nice mix, fairly fresh looking unscathed parts right through to the odd buggered floor, some mouldy walls, fungus looking stuff in places, mossy floors in places, plants growing places they shouldn't be, all nice lovely stuff :thumb Bit of History History St Joseph's College, Upholland is a Former Roman Catholic seminary, situated at Walthew Park, Upholland, Lancashire, England. The foundation of the large building was laid in April 1880 and college was opened in 1883. The buildings have recently been deconsecrated. St 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. The first Junior Seminary of the Diocese was founded at St Edward's College in 1842 as a Catholic 'classical and commercial school' under the direction of the secular clergy and was established in Domingo House, a mansion in Everton. Its President for the next forty years was to be Monsignor Provost John Henry Fisher. When the Junior Seminarians moved to St Joseph's the school was taken over by the Christian Brothers (who also ran St John Rigby College in nearby Orrell) and continues to this day and now serves as the Liverpool Cathedral Choir School. In recognition of the heritage owed to St Edward's College one of the two chapels at Upholland was consecrated as the St Edward the Confessor Chapel. Along with the other main seminary in the north of England, Ushaw 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 the changes of Vatican 2 the two junior seminaries of St Joseph's and Ushaw 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. St Joseph's continued to offer boarding school education for boys considering a vocation until 1987. Following the end of the seminary training and boarding education St Joseph's became home to the Northern Institute and was used as a retreat and conference centre for the Archdiocese under the leadership of Msgr John Devine. The election of Archbishop Patrick Kelly saw the controversial decision to close St Joseph's altogether and the property was sold to Anglo International who instructed AEW Architects for the conversion of the Grade 2 listed RC Seminary to 92 apartments, with 220 new build enabling units. The major controversies of the decision were the ongoing financial viability of St Joseph's (it had just started to make a small surplus under Devine's management) and the sale and disposal of the art and artefacts in the college, much of which had been donated by various parishes and people of the Archdiocese who were not offered their donations back. And here is some picturephotos you know em-you love em!! ladies and gentlemens its joes sinks, lets have a round of applause for joes sinks!!-its just a row of sinks... thanks to facebook i think i've seen more of these sinks than i have my own bloody sink! i dunno, its an alright shot but not enough wood about for my liking! need to learn how to deal with blown out windows- any tips welcome! tried to recreate my sandwell college pic - not even close! Thanks for looking guys, hope you enjoyed yet ANOTHER set from St Joes, it really is an awesome place.
  10. UK The seminary feb 2015

    Visited this wonderful place many time and it never fails me. Been with diffrent people who I've arranged to to from various urbex sites not forgetting woopashoopaa and also come across many others in there so you no who you are and nice to meet you guys.. Let's say the entrance isn't the easiest I've done but I like a challenge whe all the hype St joes gets with all its alarms and cameras and secca it's not a bad thing as it keeps out the vandals and the like. And the alarms aren't the kindest on the eardrums I call it the sonic attack. Anyways here's a few photos and a bit of history ... HistorySt Joseph’s Seminary at Upholland opened in 1883, the first phase was built to a design by James O’Bryne. Set amongst a backdrop of copse and wildwood amidst gently sloping fields, the buildings are flanked with rough-hewn stone. An upper and lower lake are separated by a gentle and soothing waterfall. 1 The 150 acres of land the seminary is built upon had been purchased at auction in 1877. The grandeur of the chapels, meeting rooms, fixtures and fittings was unbelievable.The seminary was closed during WW1 and reopened in 1919 along with a junior seminary. The second phase of construction commenced in 1923. The design was in a different style to the original buildings, however it was equally as grand. Landscaped gardens and sports facilities were also completed by 1927. A new chapel was added in 1930 along with 14 sub chapels. The final addition to the site was a science block. 2St Joseph’s, usually referred to by its students simply as Upholland, was the main seminary serving the North West of England. The sister seminary at Ushaw provided the same services for the North East. Both institutions housed both a junior and senior seminary. The junior seminaries provided secondary education in a semi-monastic environment to boys aged 11 to 18 who wished to pursue the priesthood. The senior seminary taught adults philosophy and theology as they prepared for priesthood.
  11. Been a while since i have been on the forums. What a place to get back out. Great morning this one spent in good company. Visited this awesome place with Urblex, Hamtagger (cool to meet you mate),Paul 2129 off 28DL and his friend Kirsty. Urblex was the man of the hour on this one, as he had been afew weeks previous on a successful explore. With him showing us the way we where in this massive playground with out to much trouble. We had not been in long at all when we heard voices coming from the floor below. Turned out to be Lavino off 28DL and his mate. Nice to meet you lads and thanks for showing us bits we might otherwise had missed. I'm with Hamtagger on the next encounter. During the confusion and discomfort of the alarm screaming away i also thought the tall lad dressed all in black was the security and the mooch was over. Not really sure what happened next but we where unfortunately spilt from Hamtagger for a while. We did manage to stumble on the sinks which was very nice. A features I never new anything out. Spent a good four hours in awe and amazement exploring this spot. The variation in features and decay is stunning. Spent parts of the explore with Lavino and his mate and thankfully met back up with Hamtagger and spent most of the explore with him. Never did see the mysterious man in black again, maybe he was one of the people we could hear setting alarms off around this wonderful place. St 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.The first Junior Seminary of the Diocese was founded at St Edward's College in 1842 as a Catholic 'classical and commercial school' under the direction of the secular clergy and was established in Domingo House, a mansion in Everton. Its President for the next forty years was to be Monsignor Provost John Henry Fisher. When the junior seminarians moved to St Joseph's in 1920 the school was taken over by the Christian Brothers (who also ran St John Rigby College in nearby Orrell) and continues to this day and now serves as the Liverpool Cathedral Choir School. In recognition of the heritage owed to St Edward's College one of the two chapels at Upholland was consecrated as the St Edward the Confessor Chapel. Although Upholland flourished until the 1960s, the rapidly changing social climate in that decade led to a sharp drop in enrolment. In the early 1970s, the northern bishops decided to consolidate the activities of Upholland and Ushaw; from 1972 all junior seminarians in the north attended Upholland, and from 1975 all senior seminarians attended Ushaw. Even as the sole junior seminary for the north of England, however, Upholland continued to suffer a decline in enrolment, and by the 1980s was no longer a traditional seminary but a "boarding school for boys considering a vocation". In 1986 the total number of students was down to 82, of whom only 54 were Church students, and it was no longer viable to educate them on the premises. From 1987 the remaining students attended St. John Rigby College in nearby Orrell for their schooling, an arrangement that continued until the very last of these students left Upholland in 1992. The election of Archbishop Patrick Kelly saw the controversial decision to close St Joseph's altogether and the property was sold to Anglo International who instructed AEW Architects for the conversion of the Grade 2 listed RC Seminary to 92 apartments, with 220 new build enabling units. The major controversies of the decision were the ongoing financial viability of St Joseph's (it had just started to make a small surplus under Devine's management) and the sale and disposal of the art and artefacts in the college, much of which had been donated by various parishes and people of the Archdiocese who were not offered their donations back. The building has acted as a film location for the McQueen Church explosion in the Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks and in 2012 Lacey Turner filmed scenes for the TV series Bedlam. In March 2013, the feature film 'Noble', based on the life of Christina Noble, filmed scenes at the college where it doubled as an orphanage. Thanks for looking.
  12. Brief History of St Joseph's Seminary St Joseph's College, Upholland is a Former Roman Catholic seminary, situated at Walthew Park, Upholland, Lancashire, England. The foundation of the large building was laid in April 1880 and college was opened in 1883. The buildings have recently been deconsecrated. St 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. The first Junior Seminary of the Diocese was founded at St Edward's College in 1842 as a Catholic 'classical and commercial school' under the direction of the secular clergy and was established in Domingo House, a mansion in Everton. Its President for the next forty years was to be Monsignor Provost John Henry Fisher. When the Junior Seminarians moved to St Joseph's the school was taken over by the Christian Brothers (who also ran St John Rigby College in nearby Orrell) and continues to this day and now serves as the Liverpool Cathedral Choir School. In recognition of the heritage owed to St Edward's College one of the two chapels at Upholland was consecrated as the St Edward the Confessor Chapel. Along with the other main seminary in the north of England, Ushaw 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 the changes of Vatican 2 the two junior seminaries of St Joseph's and Ushaw 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. St Joseph's continued to offer boarding school education for boys considering a vocation until 1987. Following the end of the seminary training and boarding education St Joseph's became home to the Northern Institute and was used as a retreat and conference centre for the Archdiocese under the leadership of Msgr John Devine. The election of Archbishop Patrick Kelly saw the controversial decision to close St Joseph's altogether and the property was sold to Anglo International who instructed AEW Architects for the conversion of the Grade 2 listed RC Seminary to 92 apartments, with 220 new build enabling units. The major controversies of the decision were the ongoing financial viability of St Joseph's (it had just started to make a small surplus under Devine's management) and the sale and disposal of the art and artefacts in the college, much of which had been donated by various parishes and people of the Archdiocese who were not offered their donations back. My visit to St Joseph’s Seminary - Visited with Venustas After an unsuccessful visit a few weeks before myself and Venustas just could not resist the pull of St Joes and we just had to try again. So, an early start was arranged and before we knew it we was back! Now this place is notorious for the ‘on the ball’ security and even more for the high pitched killer alarm. Trust me when I say that when that thing goes off all you want to do is curl up in a ball with your hands over your ears whimpering for your mummy. It sure is an assault on your eardrums. This place has been classed as a suicide explore due to the fact that going here you know you have a high chance of being caught at some point. So that said, the main goal of this trip other than getting the photos we needed was to not set off the alarm or get caught by security. We was in just as the light was starting to flood in through the windows which was great timing as St Joes really needs light to help show it’s real beauty. So after a 5 minute break to catch our breath we headed off into the maze of hallways and rooms checking for sensors as we went and started snapping photos of this amazing location. Here are a few photos of some of the hallways. This place is full of hallways of all shapes and sizes. Now, one of the first rooms we stumbled across that we had seen in other reports was the ‘Red Room’ After taking a few snaps in the Red Room we moved on walking down even more hallways and checking out dozens of small rooms that looked like dorm rooms. Each room looked identical with a small fire and some type of storage for clothing and belongings. Then we found the ‘Squirrel Room’ aptly named as there is a dried out squirrel on the window sill. By the looks of it i would say that it was a male! Now, just after the last photo above was taken we realised that we was locked in the room! We had heard the door shut behind us but thought nothing of it as doors have handles on right? Wrong! this one did not. Instantly we both thought … Oh Shit! As we was on the 2nd floor and the window not being one that can open the door was our only exit so we quickly realised unless we can get this door open we will either have to damage the door panel to get out or do the unthinkable and call security! Neither of which we wanted to do. We looked where the handle should have been and could see the small square metal bar that goes into the handle. It had been pushed through and almost of out the other side. We started to look for something that we could grip it with but crumbly plaster and peeling paint was of no help! Then, Venustas pulled out two £1 coins and with his what i call a Gorilla grip used them on the bar like a pair of tweezers. As he twisted the bar I pulled on the hanger attached to the door and to our joy we was free! Thank goodness the latch was not rusted! Oh and Venustas’s gorilla grip. So after a few moments of laughter and joking about what had just happened we move on through this monster of a location. We knew the main areas that we wanted to see but trying to find them soon became apparent that luck would play a huge part in if we was successful. Today lady luck seemed to be on our side when we stumbled across the library which has the spiral staircase. So after a few snaps of the stairs up we went. This room was my favourite from the day, it was quite, out of the way and it held a nice calm feeling to it which was the perfect place to take a break and plan out our next route to explore. It was obviously part of the library below as you will see there are shelves on both sides of the room that would have been full of books. Also, there is a ladder to help you get the books you need and a study table. This table I named the ‘guestbook’ as previous explorers have added their name to it. I am now proud to say that ours are also part of the guestbook. So after walking down a few more corridors and checking even more rooms lady luck struck again. Out of nowhere the dorm room appeared. I have always loved the look of this room from the day I looked at it on someone's report. It is nowhere near as in good condition as it use to be from older reports but this place still has a beauty to it. The names of the people who used this dorm are still on the cubicle fronts. So after grabbing a few shots we decided it was time to move on if we wanted to cover as much as possible before we had to go. After walking around for a while we came across this staircase that connected on to a room with a crazy checkerboard ceiling. Just to the right of the stairs was the study hall. Next up we found what we thought must be classed as a small chapel but we might be wrong. This room was small but really nice in decor. Now with us finding the small chapel we knew we had to be close to the holy grail that is the main Chapel. The main chapel was our end goal as we knew that when we enter that area there is a high chance that we would set of one of the remote sensors and all hell would break loose on our eardrums. We decided that we was happy with the amount we had seen and said lets go. So after about 10 minutes of looking for the chapel entry we found it, held our breath and stepped in ……. wait for the attack of sound ….. any minute now …. NOTHING! Not a peep. Well that was a surprise, so we started snapping away before security arrived. We said to each other get the shots we need before we get escorted off. So off to work we went, snapping shots from all angles and we even found the bell tower. Now to our utter surprise of no alarm also came the surprise of no security presence arriving we was in total amazement. With all shots taken that we wanted from this area we left and headed off to a less obvious area to way up our next move. We knew we was happy with what we had seen so far but decided to walk a few more corridors before leaving this amazing place. We even walked the cellars that was used for storage and from the evidence we found brewing their own wine and spirits! After that we decided it was time to go. The day had gone better than we could have hoped for, we had not set off the alarm and no security had collared us. We made it to our exit point packed up our gear and headed out. A few moments later Venustas wanted to get some external shots and we knew that security is right at the point where we wanted to take the photo. We both agreed and said sod it, we walked right out into plain sight of security and the CCTV and got the shots we needed then turned round and walked down the path. 30 seconds later security arrived in his car. We got the usual speech and then went merrily on our way after an amazing 5 hours inside exploring. Crazy getting ourselves caught right? Probably, but the external definitely finished the day off. More images available on flickr The images above are just a small selection of the images I have edited. I will be adding lots more photos of St Joseph’s Seminary on my Flickr page which can be found here, https://www.flickr.com/photos/119757413@N07/sets/72157646885632357/ Final thoughts St Josephs is by far the best explore I have been on and I feel it will take some beating without leaving the UK for places such as France & Belgium. Don’t get me wrong there are some great locations within the UK but St Joseph’s had so much to offer and the sheer size of this place can keep you coming back time and again and each time you would definitely see something new. So I don’t think I should say farewell to St Joes but see you soon! Thanks for reading, Dugie
  13. History A former Catholic seminary and Licensed Hall of Residence of the University of Durham, covers 400 acres in the village of Ushaw Moor in the UK. It was founded in 1808 by scholars from English College, Douai, who had fled France after that college had been closed during the French Revolution. Ushaw College had been affiliated with the University of Durham since 1968. Until 2011, Ushaw was the principal Roman Catholic seminary in the north of England for the training of Catholic priests; finally closing in 2011 due to the shortage of vocations. The buildings and grounds are now occupied and maintained by the Ushaw charitable trust, and Durham University Business School is using the buildings from April 2012. Explore Visited this whilst on my Durham tour, of all the places and I pick Durham, saying that I have infact had some of the nicest explores here. Was a lovely day, a little chilly. Turned up, parked the car outside some other derelict farm house but didn't go in there. Traipsed across some land to get to the Seminary and found our access point, relatively easy. I had been told this place had gone downhill dramatically and they weren't wrong, but still got some OK shots. Didn't manage to get in to the chapel, that was pretty secure.
  14. UK Ushaw Seminary - Feb 2015

    We took a trip up north to visit Ushaw Seminary which was situated in a fairly remote location. We were quite disappointed at first as the place was in such a state but then we stumbled across a little chapel which had some amazing stained glass windows and was full of colour. Managed to get a couple of good photos but didn't manage to gain access to the swimming pool, so we will have to try again next time. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think Thanks Visited with Raz and Fatpanda
  15. UK St Joe's-Feb 15

    After a few short visits here it was great to finally spend a full day here, really lets you see its hidden beauty. Cant even begin to describe the fun I had here today was a great visit and im not gonna bore you all with a bit of crappy history off Wikipedia because you all know it... Thanks for looking feedback would be helpfull
  16. Sell Out Cat Crew meet: Been wanting to see this for a awhile and finally got a chance. Knowing it was a pain in the arse to navigate if you didn't know where your were going didn't put me at ease, and of course there's the ear bleeding alarm. Visited with Banned Batz, scrappy and his lass. I took too many photo's here so here's a selection more available on flickr or blog. *insert ear bleeding alarm noise for full effect*
  17. This place is the best I have visited so far and I seem to find something new every time! On my most recent visit I think I got rather lucky having a stroll around the ground floors without the ear piercing alarm going off! can see myself revisiting this place a lot St Joseph's Seminary was founded in 1880 by Bishop Bernard O'Reilly It was 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). The first Junior Seminary of the Diocese was founded at St Edward's College in 1842 as a Catholic 'classical and commercial school' under the direction of the secular clergy. It was established in Domingo House, a mansion in Everton. Its President for the next forty years was to be Monsignor Provost John Henry Fisher. When the Junior Seminarians moved to St Joseph's the school was taken over by the Christian Brothers.. (who ran St John Rigby College in Orrell) and continues to this day and now serves as the Liverpool Cathedral Choir School. In recognition of the heritage owed to St Edward's College one of the two chapels at Upholland was consecrated as the St Edward the Confessor Chapel. Along with Ushaw College (the other seminary in Northern England) scholars for 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 the changes of Vatican 2 the two junior seminaries of St Joseph's and Ushaw merged at Upholland, and in 1975, with declining numbers from Ireland offering themselves for the (now) Archdiocese of Liverpool the Senior seminary moved to Ushaw. St Joseph's continued to offer boarding school education for boys considering a vocation until 1987. Up to 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 St John Rigby College, Orrell. Following the end of the seminary training and boarding education St Joseph's became home to the Northern Institute and was used as a retreat and conference centre for the Archdiocese under the leadership of Msgr John Devine. The election of Archbishop Patrick Kelly saw the controversial decision to close St Joseph's altogether and the property was sold to Anglo International who instructed AEW Architects for the conversion of the Grade 2 listed RC Seminary to 92 apartments, with 220 new build enabling units. The major controversies of the decision were the ongoing financial viability of St Joseph's (it had just started to make a small surplus under Devine's management) and the sale and disposal of the art and artefacts in the college, much of which had been donated by various parishes and people of the Archdiocese who were not offered their donations back. Thanks for looking
  18. UK Seminary J Sept 2014

    Visited with Makepondsnotwar and Venustas, nice 6.00am start at Macdonalds where I was given free coffee from the girl there (no idea why lol) What a fantastic location this is, for me it’s the best place in the UK I`ve done. Loads of history on DugieUK`s report the other week and I`m not one for words so I`ll crack on with the pictures I make no apologies for the number of pics, 6 hours and we didn’t cover it all, just so bloody big !! We found what looks like a room that used to house coin collections. Fascinating room, looks like details of each coin was held on a slip of paper underneath each part that holds the coin The Red Room Thought this was really cool Ok, kind of went a bit OCD with this sowing machine, but I like it  Ok, so back to moving around the building again, so much to see
  19. Hi guys, This is my very first post on this forum and I have to say this is by far my greatest explore yet. I hope you all enjoy looking at my photographs from St Joseph's Seminary. Let me know what you think. Full report here http://wastedabandon.wordpress.com/ We woke up at 3am and made our way to St Joseph's. We knew that access wasn't going to be easy, especially in the torrential rain that had followed us all the way from our hotel. We had a few mishaps on the way which you can find out about in my blog, but we eventually made it in and were extremely happy although extremely wet. Here are a few photographs from my visit. Please let me know what you think. Cheers WA We even made it onto the roof and finally into the chapel, before an almighty alarm sounded. and consequently marched offsite by security and police. I hope you like the pics. Let me know what you think.
  20. Taken a while to post this one up, but better late than never, second location with Hector on the recent England trip. What a stunning location it is!
  21. Hello again! Absolutely loved this place, visited in February with Goldie and then returned in March. Once with AndyK!, Kriegaffenine and Zero and then with DirtyJigsaw and Miz Firestorm. On the first visit: Overall a good, easy explore.. After exploring the place for about 3 hours we decided to begin our exit, On the way down the stairs we had encountered the PIR sensor that we had walked past several times that day with no alarm at all, just a red light. "No problem." i thought, i just took a quick step across the hall way to start heading to exit, then Goldie walks over and its just the same, i noticed the door at the end of the hallway was open, however it wasn't the past three times we walked past! I say to Goldie: "Somethings not right, we gotta get out now i think." Goldie simply replies: "Yeah." We began walking and then we hear this absolutely horrible sound.. Hmm, how do i put this into text? "WRAAAAAAAAAAA..." The alarm.. My God, noise has never scared me like this, a f*cking massive shock it was. So we legged it and i mean legged it through the corridors to our exit. Upon leaving i remember running back through the trees and looking back on the place wailing away, I looked at Goldie and said "Fuck yes.." Gotta say, a high five never felt so appropriate. The next couple of visits were fairly easy however, a good time on every visit! Was good to join you all! Some History: St 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. St. Joseph’s (usually referred to by its students simply as "Upholland") was one of two main seminaries serving the north of England. Upholland served the northwest, Ushaw College the northeast. For many years, each of these institutions housed both a junior (minor) and a senior (major) seminary. The junior seminaries provided a secondary education in a semi-monastic environment to boys aged 11–18 who wished to pursue the priesthood, while the senior seminaries trained adult candidates (mostly aged between 18 and 24) in philosophy and theology as they prepared for the priesthood. Although Upholland flourished until the 1960s, the rapidly changing social climate in that decade led to a sharp drop in enrolment. In the early 1970s, the northern bishops decided to consolidate the activities of Upholland and Ushaw; from 1972 all junior seminarians in the north attended Upholland, and from 1975 all senior seminarians attended Ushaw.[3] Even as the sole junior seminary for the north of England, however, Upholland continued to suffer a decline in enrolment, and by the 1980s was no longer a traditional seminary but a "boarding school for boys considering a vocation". In 1986 the total number of students was down to 82, of whom only 54 were Church students, and it was no longer viable to educate them on the premises. From 1987 the remaining students attended St. John Rigby College in nearby Orrell for their schooling, an arrangement that continued until the very last of these students left in 1992. Photos: Thanks for looking!
  22. Another stop on last months Scotland road trip. Had heard about this place for years and was pretty much expecting to find it in ruins, surprised to find a lot of nice features still remain and had a great time finding our way around this one. Stopped to chat to some local kids who looked all set to have a party at the altar, they where friendly enough and quite interested in what we where doing there. Only bad point, they didn't offer me one of their cans of special brew, pfhh kids today ay. Thanks for looking
  23. UK The Seminary - September revisit

    Might as well come back with a decent one... My third trip to this place, visited this time with Lowri, Shush, Mars Lander, Sssshhhh and EasyTiger. After the initial visit to this mammoth place I was left wanting more. A second trip proved to be fruitless as our previous way in had been sealed and after searching for over an hour we couldn't see any further open access points. When we heard about another potential opening we jumped at the chance and set up plans for another early morning trip . Similar to the first trip, this one was equally as eventful! I’ll not go into detail but this place doesn't fail to get the heart pumping that’s for sure!! Whilst we covered much of the same places as the first trip I tried where possible to capture a few different angles, and thankfully we managed to access the main chapel (albeit only for a short time before having to make our exit). Highlight of the day had to be the group shots in the library and being tied to a bed whilst Lowri posed as a blood soaked nurse taking my heartbeat for some photos whilst a dead rat nibbled at my crotch… mega lolz . 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. Cheers for looking guys! more photos and bit more history on my site including a few more of the Silly O'clock Girls in their awesome outfits: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2013/10/21/urbex-st-josephs-seminary-upholland-lancashire-united-kingdom-september-2013-revisit-part-1-of-2/
  24. One beautiful sunny Sunday morning Headed to off Ushaw North East of England with two complete strangers (non members lovely couple) after meeting up at local Mc Donalds for fill up and get to know you's we were off Enough of that crap now down to business Don't want to go into to much detail as this beauty been done many a time few reports so here's a little bit of history Ushaw was foundered in 1808 by scholars from English college Externals Frontal view Top floor view Now onto the chapel - Chapel was built in 1847 Now for seminary internals too many photos too upload so only done a few and sorry if any photos are linked together this has took me all of 2 hours to complete hope you likes and thank you for looking and well worth a splore There you go Nelly this ones for you and the kettle is on

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