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An Orphanage in Lancashire, Nov 13.

nickynackynoo

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Right, well this place always took my fancy, so me and Cloaked Up paid a visit one Summer evening to fail horribly. He went back a few months later and got in, so armed with a new access point, I rocked up with Sonyes.

I checked the new entry and decided it was a bit sketchy, so we went back to the original, to discover additional barbed wire had been added to the mix. Fearful of another fail we walked a bit further and found a much easier walk in. Jackpot.

Shame its massively paggered now even more so in last 6 months. Guess I was 6 years too late to catch it in its prime, but its been ticked off the list.

St Joseph's was opened in 1872 as a refuge for catholic girls. The orphanage is tucked away in the back streets of the busy town centre and was run by the Sisters of Charity for our Lady Mother of Mercy.

The site closed as an orphanage in 1954 and was more recently use as a convalescent home with an onsite hospital including two operating theatres. Despite having received a Grade II listing, property developers are seeking to 'redevelop' the entire complex by demolishing most of the standing buildings which would to be replaced with high rise apartments.

I did quite like the way this place has grown organically, bits being added everywhere. Like a maze inside.

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First hit when dawn broke was the hospital block

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Then a stroll round the convalescent bit

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A schlep through the attic and over the roof

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Into the Chapel

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Mary had seen better days

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So I had a quick pray


and we found Jesus




The End

Cheers

 

Lara

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Fantastic shots there, nice write up as well! Enjoyed this, cracking share :)

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seaside_rambler

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Cracking report, I so want to see in here since it beat me in the summer, fine set of shots :)

 
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