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Found some existing site plans of St Jo's that seem to match up with how it was when I went in with Urblex recently to take some photos. I've not seen them on here but if they are already on here just let me know and I'll take this down? Thought it would be a good idea to share them so everyone can use them. There in the form of a PDF so I'll post the link to it and you can do as you will with it. There is some waffle at the beginning describing planning permission that was granted in 2009 for "demolition of existing buildings, conversion of remaining buildings and erection of new three, four and five storey buildings to form 81 private dwellings and apartments." Yet nothing is being done about it currently. This is the link to the PDF containing the existing plans: http://www.architecture.com/Files/RIBAProfessionalServices/Regions/NorthWest/events/2013/ForgottenSpacesPreston/StJosephsOrphanage.pdf This is further information on the planning application and the proposed plans: http://publicaccess.preston.gov.uk/portal/servlets/ApplicationSearchServlet?PKID=84504#sthash.rnieHNdZ.dpuf Cheers folks:) Lazarus
Construction initially began in 1889 and the hospital opened just one year later in 1890 with the intention of providing additional facilities to the local residents in light of outbreaks of diseases such as Typhoid, smallpox and tuberculosis which caused an increased demand for more hospital beds. In 1897 expansion was already under way with the addition of the Newstead Ward. By 1950 the hospital which originally opened with 5 beds in 1890 had grown to a size capable of offering 168 patient beds. The Hospital finally closed its doors to patients late in 1992 and eventually shut down completely early in 1993. Photos taken over 3 visits: First successful trip October 2012 IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d previously had 2 failed visits at this place and was really eager to see the inside for myself having viewed countless reports on the place. It has survived in pretty good condition compared to other Urbex spots which have perished either due to the elements or having the decay process sped up by vandals and metal thieves, the main reason for this is the keen attention of local residents and security who keep a watchful eye over the decaying building. We eventually made our way inside after taking probably the worst route which involved much more climbing than was probably necessary . Once inside we split up and headed off in different directions hoping to track down the morgue. I wondered around happily capturing a few shots while Sam and Ryan searched the halls for the morgue. Sam was incredibly unfortunate, while exploring what appeared to be a basement area he proceeded to venture down a set of stairs pictured somewhere below. I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see the incident for myself but he describes seeing what appeared to be a small doorway at the bottom of the stairs and when attempting to step of the stairs soon realised the doorway wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t actually small it was 50% submerged in the most god awful smelling water I have ever had the pleasure of being near. Needless to say he took an unintentional dip and ended up waste deep in water which can only be described as smelling like strong rotten eggs :/. Unlucky! Otherwise the visit was a success and we had a good explore for an hour or 2 before being caught by security. We didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t locate the infamous PIR which everyone kerp tripping . First revisit February 2013 Well this was an interesting oneÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ slightly larger group than normal there were 7 of us and that was even with a man down who unfortunately couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make it after missing his coach! Bad times mate! Visited with Sam The Mule, Pete, Sonyes, Travis, Mr Bones and Corynn. We arrived early and waited for the sun to rise in the morgue before heading out to explore! Covered all the fun bits, the X-ray rooms, Wards, Main Staircase and the classroom / physiotherapy room as well as the nurses accommodation (or at least thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what Im lead to believe that building was) We also found the incinerator which used to be used to burn biological wasteÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ Fun times all round . Second revisit March 2013 IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d not long since done Mansfield but a friend was visiting from Spain filming for an upcoming documentary about Urban Exploration and had this place on his to do list so another opportunity to mooch around and snap a few more shots. Visited with Urbex Leone, Medu, Lowri, Stussy and Scattergun. Another successful visit, covered most of the place in previous visits but found a couple of the wheelchairs that I couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t locate on the first revisit and found a few bits of furniture had been moved around, hight light of the trip in addition to meeting a few new people, was realising how unstable the floor was above the water filled basement and almost falling through it and the entry / exit . Anyways on with the photos: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. For higher resolution photos and more from my trips to mansfield hospital visit my website: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/tag/mansfield-general-hospital/
After visiting mid week for the first time.And realizing there was just to much to take in in the little daylight we had left So we decided last minute a revisit had to be done,so after an early morning start with wevsky and obscurity we headed back to folkestone . This is the first time ive explored an hospital in such good condition was and defintley worth the revisit .... visited with wevsky obscurity,silver rainbow ,peach ,troglodyte and ian b wont bore u with the history again so on with the pics THANKS FOR LOOKING
visited with wevsky's girl a little history ... St Augustine’s Hospital (1875–1993) was a psychiatric hospital in Chartham, Kent. It was founded as the second, or East, Kent County Asylum in 1872. In 1948 the hospital became part of the National Health Service and was renamed St Augustine's Hospital. The hospital gained notoriety in the 1970s when it was the subject of a committee of inquiry into malpractice and mismanagement. St Augustine's Hospital closed in 1993 and the site is now occupied by housing, although a few of the original hospital buildings remain. on with the pics thanks for looking