Briefly, the abandoned St Joseph’s College, Upholland is a former Roman Catholic seminary, situated at Walthew Park, Upholland, Lancashire, England. The foundation of the large building were laid in April 1880 and college was opened in 1883. The buildings have recently been deconsecrated following the announced closure of the College which saw the last students leave in 1992.
The seminary was founded in 1880 by Bishop Bernard O’Reilly 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.
In 1986 the total number of students was down to 82, of whom only 54 were Church students, and it was no longer viable to educate them on the premises. From 1987 the remaining students attended St. John Rigby College in nearby Orrell for their schooling, an arrangement that continued until the very last of these students left Upholland in 1992.
A more detailed history can be found in my initial report from June 2013 here.
My third trip to this place, visited this time with Lowri, Shush, Mars Lander and Sssshhhh. After the initial visit to this mammoth place I was left wanting more. A second trip proved to be fruitless as our previous way in had been sealed and after searching for over an hour we couldn’t see any further open access points. When we heard about another potential opening we jumped at the chance and set up plans for another early morning trip :D. Similar to the first trip, this one was equally as eventful! I’ll not go into detail but this place doesn’t fail to get the heart pumping that’s for sure!! Whilst we covered much of the same places as the first trip I tried where possible to capture a few different angles, and thankfully we managed to access the main chapel (albeit only for a short time before having to make our exit). Highlight of the day had to be the group shots in the library and being tied to a bed whilst Lowri posed as a blood soaked nurse taking my heartbeat for some photos whilst a dead rat nibbled at my crotch… mega lolz :).
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