I’ve covered the history in more detail in previous reports (See links after the photos for more information) but briefly 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. During the 1970s and 1980s, new drugs and therapies were introduced. Long-stay patients were returned to the community or dispersed to smaller units around Preston. The hospital eventually closed in 1995 and has been abandoned ever since. The derelict site is really now starting to become a bit of a death trap with floors collapsing in various areas and roofs caving in over some of the long corridors.
It was Boxing day, we decided to have a bit of a gathering for a few beverages and a bit of lunch in the main hall 🙂 Visited with too many people to count let alone list! We staggered our entries and exits and everyone managed to get in and out without a hitch 🙂 I cant say I’m the biggest fan of large group explores but every now and again when the situation calls for it they can be a laugh! Mad Hatters Boxing Day Tea Party was a blast! Thanks to everyone who attended what a good send off to 2013!
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