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.


  • tumbles, August 3, 2020 @ 09:21

    Guild Park still there but the original buildings of the asylum are completely gone, didn’t even keep the fascia of admin in the end.

  • moodcoach, August 3, 2020 @ 08:51

    There are still parts of the hospital left. There are hospital services still working on site. I visited the place when it was fully operational – very tragic place but some of the nurses were truly heroic and some less so. I knew some of the nurses who blew the whistle on malpractice and which led to an inquiry in the 1960s.

  • tumbles, January 26, 2016 @ 07:28

    No it’s demolished

  • Kricket, January 25, 2016 @ 23:19

    Anyone know if this is still around? Rachel, you were a guard….would you only chase off vandals? We’re just a family who loves exploring spooky old stuff. Would we get in trouble? I’m visiting in July and would love to be able to poke around at least ONE old hospital. It seems most have been torn down at this point 🙁

  • Rachel, December 2, 2014 @ 13:44

    I used to do security work, and was at Whittingham Hospital everyday for a few monthsin 2000, 12 hour shifts with another guard. The place was very eerie, we accessed everywhere we could as it was one way to pass time! There were many areas we were unable to access due to the amount of decay, but we could get to most places. At that time, the ballroom still had beds stored in there, the RC Chapel had robes etc in the little annexe, and what was left of an organ, the office building had lots of things lying about, but was badly infested by pigeons. There was a recreation room still complete with pool table and piano, an awful lot of things had been left behind at that point. We often heard footsteps, I remember once being in a corridor outside the kitchens and seeing a dark shadow pass by in the corridor running along the bottom of the one where I was. One time we even heard music coming from the ballroom, of course there was no one or nothing there apart from old equipment. A very spooky place and I was glad when I didn’t have to go back there any more!

  • Demba Bo, July 12, 2012 @ 03:26

    I live in goosnargh and thought it’d be really clever if I told everyone how I got into the site this week. This is because I’ve not actually read anything on this site about access details and why people don’t disclose them on a public website.

  • tumbles, July 9, 2012 @ 13:23

    I don’t do access details, sorry.

  • caz, July 8, 2012 @ 20:50

    Hi there, loving the pics! Me and a couple of friends are on about visiting this fascinating place. Was wondering just how hard it is to get into. Are there any fences, gates or walls to get over? If so how high? I have pins in my ankle (done not so long ago by jumping off a high wall) Wouldn’t want to risk anymore injury. Cheers

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