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Arrow St. Joseph's Seminary - 23-12-2008, 10:54

Martino ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/martino_) and myselve decided that it was time to spread our wings and headed to the UK.

With the help of you guys here from this forum we could spent all time we had with exploring instead of searching for a way in....

Not far from Manchester, in the hills of Lancashire lies this huge seminary.
The St. Joseph Seminary was build in 1883 and was used as a priest training school for the catholic church.
Its a huge building (and i mean HUGE...!) and one of the biggest in its kind in Europe.
Because of the declining number of men who wants to become a priest the senior seminary was moved to the Ushaw collega, further north, in 1975.
Until 1987 it was used as a boarding school for boys.
After that it is left abandoned.

For a few years there are plans to reconvert it into appartments, but no start has been made so far.
The site is secured y CCTV and there is a guard to protect the building from thieves and vandals.

Exploring this building took almost a whole day.
Every floor and almost every room had their own surprises.
Several statues, a very old library containing books writted in latin, a taxidermist and offcourse the huge chapel.

More pics on the website.

Gr, Bart
www.urban-travel.org

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