This is Whittingham Hospital/Lancashire County Mental Hospital
Date Opened: 1st April 1873(Founded by the Lancashire Asylums Board)
Date Closed: 1995
Location: near Preston, Lancashire
Architect: Henry Littler of Manchester, Architect to the Lancashire Asylums Board
At the end of the first World War, a part of the hospital (later known as “St Margaret’s Division”) was used as a military hospital. It was again used for this purpose during the second World War. There are five war graves in the cemetery, four from the first World War and one from the second World War.
The Mental Health Act of 1960 deemed large institutions like
Whittingham to be out of favour and ultimately led to it's closure.
Allegations of cruelty to patients in the 60's led to a public inquiry.
In the 70's and 80's new drugs and treatments were developed and many long term patients were returned to the community or sent to smaller units in the area.
The hospital eventually closed in 1995.
I have another photo of the exterior taken on the same day:-
For those interested more abandoned mental asylums, both inside and
out you might like to check out, "10 Most Incredible Abandoned
This following video links will take you to a fascinating 1980 ITV
documentary film, "Gosling's Travels" with Ray Gosling which
shows life inside Whittingham Hospital during it heyday.
And finally the follow up film to this which features Ray Gosling
returning to Whittingham with a group of Urban Explorers after nearly
30 years since his last visit.