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!
Enjoyed this report? want to see more of this place? I’ve been back for a few more visits and taken hundreds more photos in these reports:
Whittingham Lunatic Asylum – Near Preston – March 2010
Whittingham Insane Asylum, Goosnargh, Lancashire – revisit 1 September 2012 Part 1
Whittingham Insane Asylum, Goosnargh, Lancashire – revisit 1 September 2012 Part 2
Whittingham Asylum, Goosnargh, Lancashire – revisit 2 January 2013
Whittingham Asylum, Goosnargh, Lancashire – revisit 3 October 2013
Whittingham Asylum, Goosnargh, Lancashire – revisit 4 October 2013 (This report)
Whittingham Asylum, Goosnargh, Lancashire – revisit 5 December 2013
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Nice photos, great report. I was in there yesterday 12/02/14 managed to do a couple of blocks. Had a tricky entry near the caravans, then decided to try another block getting out to go back in again. On the 2nd entry I tried the gate, the kind demolition guys had left it open as they worked away. we managed to get into the church and the main Hall via a steel rope 😉
It’s a shame everything has gone, and your right it’s a death trap, my mate went through the floor twice.
Still it was worth it for the Hall if not anything else, hopefully should have some good pics.
Hi Eyecandyclick thanks for the comment! I have heard more reports of contractors on site… looks like this one will be gone soon 🙁
Floors are getting well sketchy now! I think roof slates are due to be removed first so then its just a matter of time before it falls to bits! Hall is great I might nip back for another look before its gone! also would love to see the chapel!
All the best