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St Josephs Orphanage / Mount Street Hospital  

Even though this location has already been done by every man and his dog, I decided to chuck a quick report up anyway. As stated above in the title of my report, this one features photographs taken mostly on the first visit and one taken on another which will become clear towards the end. 

History

St Joseph's Orphanage was designed by architect R.W Hughes in the style of gothic architecture, which was typical of that particular era. The construction work was endowed by Maria Holland, a wealthy widow, who contributed a sum of 10,000 to achieve this. She wanted to care for the sick, at a time when Preston had the highest mortality rate in the UK. This was predominately due to inadequate housing and the poor working conditions in the local mills and factories. The orphanage was first officially opened in the September of 1872 and five years later it became St Joseph's Institute for the Sick & Poor. The hospital accommodated for around 25 patients and was run by the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady Mother of Mercy. Voluntary contributions funded the maintenance and general upkeep of the hospital and it was also the first provider of welfare to Roman Catholic girls in Preston.

In 1910 the hospital was granted its first operating theatre, as well as the chapel being built that same year. By 1933 a new wing was added and another in 1958 which was officiated by Princess Marina, the Duchess of Kent. During both world wars it served as a military hospital to treat wounded British and Dutch soldiers. One of St Joe's most famous patients was performer George Formby who died of a heart attack at the hospital in 1961. The hospital eventually closed its doors in 1982. It was then bought by its current owner who converted it into a care home until 2003. A year later in 2004, plans were proposed to convert the building into 82 flats with a grant of £2m but the redevelopement never seemed to happen. Presently 3 sections of the site are still classified as grade II listed and the building was recently featured on the Victorian Society's 'top most at risk historic buildings in the UK.' 

Visit

Visited with @scrappy. This one has been on my to do list since I really started exploring but I never got round to doing it until recently. Despite being pretty fucked from years of neglect, local kids, general arseholes etc, I did still quite enjoy seeing this one finally. The main purpose of my visit was photographing a newly discovered section which certainly didn't disappoint, as well as the operating lights being rather pretty too (so glad no one has smashed those up yet.) All in all still a fairly nice location and worth popping by if you're in the area. As always, hope you enjoy my report!

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Started tidying up my photos of the chapel and went a little overboard...

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(Obligatory hospital wheelchair photo...)

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Now onto the best part  :3_grin:

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Once we found out all the doors had been mysteriously removed we decided to go back again for more photos. 



If you've got this far, thanks for reading!

 

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Nice work!! Correct me if i'm wrong but is that 2 different slabs/rooms or the first one after a massive tidy up? When this resurfaced on 28 last month it only showed one table/room, seems like they may have missed the one in your last pic? :)  Also the head-block has vanished :(  

 

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Nice work!! Correct me if i'm wrong but is that 2 different slabs/rooms or the first one after a massive tidy up? When this resurfaced on 28 last month it only showed one table/room, seems like they may have missed the one in your last pic? :)  Also the head-block has vanished :(  


It was a massive tidy up! (Not us we just found out about it hence the revisit) think we went about 3 times haha! It has, shame that :(

 

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Worth a revist for that last shot - its an absolute belter!!!

 

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Very nice! As trashed as this place is it is one of those that gets more photogenic as time goes by. Amazing how those slabs sat unfound for so long but look at them! Porcelain porn before your eyes! make nice dinner tables they would ;)  

Nice work and agree with the last pic comments, really really nice :)  

 

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Very nice! As trashed as this place is it is one of those that gets more photogenic as time goes by. Amazing how those slabs sat unfound for so long but look at them! Porcelain porn before your eyes! make nice dinner tables they would ;)  

Nice work and agree with the last pic comments, really really nice :)  


Thank you! Defintely! It still hasn't lost it's character yet  :15_yum:  oh yes! Wouldn't mind one of those in my house haha! Thanks again  :)

 

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Thank you! Defintely! It still hasn't lost it's character yet  :15_yum:  oh yes! Wouldn't mind one of those in my house haha! Thanks again  :)


Nor would I ? a good polish up and I could eat my dinner off that! 

That's the thing - when you think of how many times this place was 'explored' and this room stayed unseen all that time! 


happens a bit though doesn't it, most people follow the trail of photo's that have been taken before them so nice to see something different we have seen the rest of for so long :)

 

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Nor would I ? a good polish up and I could eat my dinner off that! 

happens a bit though doesn't it, most people follow the trail of photo's that have been taken before them so nice to see something different we have seen the rest of for so long :)


That's it! Bit of disinfectant and it's all good ?

Lovely. Another one that I’m well overdue doing.  Nicely decayed and really lovely lighting 


Thanks! Definitely worth popping in if you get the chance :)  

 
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