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.
Visited on 2 occasions first for externals with Donna, Matt and AndyK and a Second trip with AndyK, Kriegaffe9 and Stuart ZeroUE to cover the inside again. Always happy and nervous to revisit this place at the same time but especially glad to go back and re-shoot with the new camera and lens :). As usual the trip was full of excitement from the early morning entry to the mad dash escape 😀 plenty of fun was had! Favourites still have to be the spiral staircase in the library and those ground floor stone corridors! Enjoy the photos…
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Also AndyK’s photos and full report can be found over at Behind Closed Doors: St Joesephs Seminary Upholland
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