Having previously flown over Whittingham Asylum I decided to have mooch, so Urban Spaceman and myself decided to brave the bank holiday traffic.
Here's a bit of info
Whittingham Hospital, whose grounds adjoin the village of Goosnargh,
grew to be the largest mental hospital in the country, and pioneered the
use of electroencephalograms (EEGs). During its time it had its own
church, farms, railway, telephone exchange, post office, reservoirs, gas
works, brewery, orchestra, brass band, ballroom and butchers.
In 1866, the three Lancashire lunatic asylums at Prestwich, Rainhill and
Lancaster were deemed to be full. The building of Whittingham Asylum
began in 1869, originally to accommodate 1000 patients. It was built
from brick made from clay dug on site from a pit which later became a
The hospital officially opened on 1 April 1873. The large site included
an Anglican church, a Catholic chapel, a recreation hall (also used as a
ballroom) and several farms. The site closed in 1995 and now sits slowly rotting in development hell.
Welcome to the asylum !!!!
The whole place is overgrown, slowly rotting, trees growning from chimneys, bushes swallowing whole buildings - buzzing with bees.
This place was so peaceful, I think any return visit will involve a macro lens as the insects and butterflies are everywhere. The variety of birds was amazing, rabbits everywhere and I even had a field mouse run over my foot.
****we went back !!!! ****