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  1. Hello, I'm new here but have been an explorer for a couple of years. Located around N.C and V.A. just posted to say hi!
  2. visited st josephs myself woopashoopaa and gronk this was our first stop of the day after we gained access we found it was now being inhabited by pidgeons and there was shit everywhere. the church and been pretty much stripped but was still worth a look. as the place hasnt been covered that much.just as we had left and crossed the road taking our externals the police turned up so made our escape to our next place so heres bit of history i found and a few pictures In October 1870, Father Henry J Lamon (see "St. Joseph's Clergy") was appointed head of the new mission that would soon become the Parish of St. Joseph, Wigan, and it was due to the untiring zeal and great energy of the new Rector that rapid progress was made. The first service was held on 22nd January, 1871, in a small chapel that formerly belonged to the Primitive Methodist Body, in Caroline Street, but in a very short time the building was found to be too small for the increasing numbers of Catholics living in the surrounding Wallgate area. Consequently, with the permission of the Right Reverend Doctor O'Reilly, Bishop of Liverpool, Father Lamon purchased some adjoining land to the chapel, at a cost of £500. The old Methodist chapel was then pulled down, and on the site was erected the first church of St. Joseph, which opened in April 1872. This new church was built to accommodate between 500 and 600 worshippers at a cost of £3,000 - a considerable sum at the time. At a further cost of £5,000, through the support of his faithful parishioners, by 1874, Father Lamon had built the schools at St. Joseph's, which soon had an average attendance of over 800 scholars! However, it soon became evident that the new church was totally inadequate for the requirements of the district, and steps were taken without delay for the erection of a more extensive building. NOTE: During his time at St. Joseph's, there was frequent correspondence between Father Lamon and the Bishop of Liverpool, regarding the possible acquisition of land around Caroline Street. Indeed, some of Father Lamon's letters to the Bishop, which are kept in the Archdiocesan Archives, suggest that the first Rector of St. Joseph's was most shrewd and business-like when dealing in such matters In due course, more land adjacent to the church was purchased, and the old premises were removed to make room for the building of a second new church! The design of the new St. Joseph's Church, the one that so many came to know and love, was entrusted to Mr. Goldie, of the firm of Messrs. Goldie and Child, of Kensington, London, and the contract, which amounted to about £6,000, to Mr. J. Wilson, of Wigan, with Mr. Weatherby acting as clerk of works. In 1877, the foundation stone was laid and blessed by the Right Rev. Dr. O'Reilly, and, together, with the adjoining Presbytery for the accommodation of three priests, the church was completed in 1878 and opened on Sunday, 30th June of that year. P
  3. Lost count of how many times I've been here now but always find something new every time! Met up with a great bunch of people and had yet another fun day here. Shot on a new camera and lens Cheers for looking
  4. Well only just realised Forex has recently posted a new thread for St Joseph's Seminary, we also went back to this amazing place to take a couple of photos ourselves. We managed to get in pretty easy whilst managing to stay away from the ear piercing alarm. We had a good look round the place but then the security arrived as someone else triggered the alarm. Had a couple of close calls but only managed to see the church on ground floor so i haven't got many photos on ground floor. Let me know what you think and leave a comment if you want. Thanks #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16 #17 #18 #19 #20
  5. 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*
  6. 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
  7. Visited with Cloaked Up. WARNING: If you've seen this 2012 or before, look away! At long, long last I've finally managed to get in! First and foremost, however there are some people here I owe a great deal of gratitude to for being able to do this. Firstly thanks to Telf1980 for sharing his access details with me; without those I would've gone round the hard way again and failed! Secondly to Cloaked Up for taking me here and keeping me sane. Finally to Catbalou and Tweek, whose access both got nailed shut before I had an opportunity to do the place; nevertheless I'm grateful for their intel. So here we are. Cloaked Up, Zotez and I failed at this initially in June after finding one climb too dangerous because of the rain; later being joined by Cloaked Up we try the other side, get in the garden (unfortunately Zotez cut his hand on razor wire and had to leave it), only to find all windows tightly boarded. We find Tweek's access, so Cloaked Up dives in (given how long we waited that day I was pretty damn happy!). Alas, the joy was short lived; the door was nailed shut. So that was a fail. Fastforward to September, and we're in. It has to be said, the owner/security/caretaker is genuinely determined to keep people out; in recent months chavs have broken in which is really sad to see, but you've got boards nearly everywhere, and random doors including those that lead to rooms with windows on the ground floor nailed. So what did the chavs do? Boot a load of drywall in! By the looks of it the chapel was sealed for a certain amount of time, as the connection between the maternity hospital was nailed (was open this year). Only way into the chapel we found was through a hole in the wall too. So after familiarising ourselves with the place, we hit the maternity hospital first. This is commonly reported on as the "operating theatre". Let me stress that this is not the case, it's a maternity/geriatric hospital! The place had two, side by side, sharing a preparation room. One thing that I really love about operating theatres is the sheer size of the lights; you expect them to be big, but they're absolutely enormous when you see them up close! The maternity and geriatric hospital extensions, dating from the 1930's and 1950's respectively, is arguably the best part of the site with seemingly little if any alterations being made since being built! Interesting that it closed in 1986 too, 18 years before the rest of the complex. Does anyone know what the 246 lights are supposed to represent? They're dotted about throughout the hospital, and I spotted one in the chapel funnily enough too. Despite only closing in 2004, you really cannot trust some of the floors in this place! Moving on up to the attic, we found some of the hospital paraphernalia stored up there. Couldn't spend much time though, considering there were copious amounts of broken asbestos on the floor. Not to be trusted! Other people have said that they've found the place among the creepiest and most foreboding places they've been to; I agree wholeheartedly. I can't explain why, but the place just seemed to stir up some really scary emotions in us! As far as I can tell very few people have had the pleasure of doing so, but I had this constant feeling that at any moment the owner would come inside and catch us in the act. Not only that, there was one point at which we heard this random sound in the hospital, which I can only describe as a sawing sound which didn't stop. I never did find out what it was; I didn't want to! The car that we spotted in the courtyard in June was still there; was the owner sitting in the reception, just waiting to pounce on an unsuspecting intruder? We didn't know! The lower floors of the hospital were used for storing the furniture once the place closed, with one room inaccessible because of all the stuff tipped in there! I can just imagine the old folks banging away on this! Haha Or racing in this? It took a while to find it with (as far as I could tell) the doors leading to it nailed shut, but we found the chapel eventually. Though it had some nice features, it was surprisingly spartan for a place of 19th Century origin. I also found it quite odd seeing only one stained glass window! Sad to say, however the place is in a poor condition now. Really poor. Some cock broke the head off the Virgin Mary bust! :mad On a final note, I have to be honest here. Whilst I'm relieved to have finally ticked it off the list and enjoyed seeing it, I found it disappointing overall. Maybe it was the fact that the place is just a mostly empty 1930s hospital, a chapel and an empty care home that isn't worth looking at? Or maybe it was that, like Pyestock I'd attempted it and failed miserably, and in doing so became too eager to see it? Maybe it's because it's looking far worse than it did last year? Everything perhaps. Nevertheless, it was worth seeing and I did enjoy it for what it offered. Love as always, TBM x
  8. 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.
  9. So this is my first post folks... Hope you like St Joe's has always intrigued me for some reason, so I was made up to have the chance to see it. A LOT of the site has been trashed over the last few months but it's beauty still shines through. Visited with scrappy, we had the place to ourselves and plenty of time for a good look around. A couple of near misses with the floors though, they are pretty gappy in places. It was a fun explore, hope to see it again! On with the pics.. Even had time for a quick brew Thanks for looking
  10. So it's been a while since i've been to a site that i've been able to produce a report after !, Arranging a trip out with Starlight and Mr scatters we decided to visit st joe's i won't bore you with the history of the place, instead i will link to an excellent report produced by Nelly : http://nellyurbex.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/st-josephs-missionary-college-mill-hill.html if anyone is curious. We arrived at the site in the evening and after navigating horse crap, or rather star standing in every piece ;], we arrived to the out paramiter of the buildings, what we noticed first was that the out houses/ sheds where now piles of rubble and an entire wing of the main building has also gone.. needless to say it was very odd to see. The building inside is now much more gutted out, but we did get to see the church area and a few other odds and sods, i'm just glad i got to see this place in daylight before it gets more derpy. As the light was fading and no sign of secca the entire evening, we wondered out to get some externals, only to be interrupted... woops ... i did managed to get this though, not the best in the world but it will do And here is a small experiment i made while in the church area https://www.google.com/maps/views/view/110396282901243581320/7eb638ad2c968d02 Cheers
  11. Another one of my birthday splores with SK, brilliant day and this was a lovely one. We only ventured in to the chapel as the light was fading. My pics aren't that great as was still getting to grips with the lens. Designed by Edward Pugin in 1868 the college started life as a orphanage when it opened in 1868. It became the Junior Seminary St Joseph's College from 1925 -1940. The buildings were also used as a ballet school between 1950 - 1990, but some of the building where damaged in the 1987 storm and the insurance was not enough to cover the repair bill. It was during this time the chapel was converted in to a theatre. In 1993 it became The Jameah Islamiyah School where in 2006 the school was searched following allegations of training and recruiting terrorists. It was reported that Abu Mamza and groups of around 30 of his followers held terrorist training camps at the school, including training in, AK47 rifles handguns and mock rocket launchers. A number of arrests were made. In 2007 the school was eventually closed after failing a ofsted inspection. Splored with SK Thanks for looking people
  12. New here but wanted to put up a report from a trip to St Josephs College from earlier in the year. Any advice or comments would be good as Im just starting out. advice, criticism, pointers and anything else would be good... Cheers
  13. Splored in the Good Company of Jane Doe AS SQUATTERS SK
  14. Joseph Rank House is the tallest building in Harlow at a height of 151 ft (46m) Once a headquarters for Rank, Hovis Mc Dougal (The bread makers) it is under now construction to turn it into 132 flats This was my first ever roof and I chose the windiest night of the year so far to visit, the guy on the weather just said that gusts of 85 m.p.h. have been measured, and it felt like it up there!!! Thanks for taking the time