I have covered the history of Whittingham extensively in my first 3 reports on this place, if you want to read more into the details about the Asylum from its planning stages until its final closure then check out the first of the several other reports linked below these photos. Briefly Whittingham Asylum was build in 1869 and was initially intended to accommodate 1000 patients, easing pressure on 3 nearby Asylums which were reaching their capacity. Whittingham soon grew to become the largest Asylum in the Country at one point having a maximum number of patients in the region of 3600. With the decline of the large mental care institutions the closure of whittingham was inevitable and the doors finally shut in 1995 with some services remaining open in new buildings outside the boundaries of the old Asylum. Since its closure the fate of the site has been unclear but recent years have seen planning permission approved which has lead to the majority of the old Asylum buildings being flattened. I am reliably informed that only 4 of the old larger red brick buildings remain.
This visit I was accompanied by Sonyes, Pete and Sam The Mule who were all Whittingham virgins so I’m glad they got to see most of the place :). I finally ventured down to the east most wing for the first time which was cool and I was on a mad hunt to capture plenty of bay window shots. Thankfully Whittingham doesn’t disappoint with its various bays 🙂
ok so I’ll kick of with my bay window binge…
On with the rest of the photos from this trip 🙂
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