Whittingham Hospital was built in 1869 and became one of the biggest county asylums in the county. It was known as the Lancashire County Asylum, Whittingham and took the routine name changes through the years loosing the asylum and mental hospital tags. It closed in 1995 and while some annexes have been demolished the ‘St Luke’s’ annexe continues to deteriorate. I have visited many, many, former asylum buildings but none have ever been in as sorry state as this. Plans are slowly starting to push through to redevelop the site.