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    Default The Grand Seminary July 2015


    I visited here with Lavino and a couple of others. The place didn't take long too gain entry into as we had been before which meant extra time to explore and take some pics ;). The place always seems to offer new experiences every time you go which is the best part about the place. And it was a very quiet morning for us all no alarms and no security coming to escort us off premises which is always a positive :D. Anyway here is some history and some pics from the visit hope you enjoy :p.

    St. Joseph’s (usually referred to by its students simply as "Upholland") was one of two main seminaries serving the north of England. Upholland served the northwest, Ushaw College the northeast. For many years, each of these institutions housed both a junior (minor) and a senior (major) seminary. The junior seminaries provided a secondary education in a semi-monastic environment to boys aged 11–18 who wished to pursue the priesthood, while the senior seminaries trained adult candidates (mostly aged between 18 and 24) in philosophy and theology as they prepared for the priesthood. A detailed account of daily life in the junior seminary at Upholland during the 1960s was published in 2012. This account also explores the reasons why the Church's traditional form of seminary training may have predisposed certain priests to molest children, which was one of the key findings of a major investigation conducted on behalf of American bishops into the causes of the sexual abuse crisis within the US Catholic Church.

    Although Upholland flourished until the 1960s, the rapidly changing social climate in that decade led to a sharp drop in enrolment. In the early 1970s, the northern bishops decided to consolidate the activities of Upholland and Ushaw; from 1972 all junior seminarians in the north attended Upholland, and from 1975 all senior seminarians attended Ushaw. Even as the sole junior seminary for the north of England, however, Upholland continued to suffer a decline in enrolment, and by the 1980s was no longer a traditional seminary but a "boarding school for boys considering a vocation". 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














































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    Very nice, and welcome. :)

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    Great photos. :) The piano / organ could do with some TLC.
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    You got some cracking images Woo, the exterior is outstanding and you should sue the philistine who stuck that portacabin at the front, quite spoiled your pic, Fantastic Post, I enjoyed looking, Thanks
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    Interesting that the grass is still mown as the buildings head towards collapse...

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    Great set there as always love this place . The cabin was where the security once sat
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    Every time I look at photos from here I think to myself more and more that I need to get it done and fast...dammit for being so far away.
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    Twice I have been here now..the second time it was cat and mouse with the secca.i will be making a third return to complete my set.the place just gives all the time.i discovered lots on my second visit.nice set there.
    I like to go where others fear to tread.

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    Great report and shots.

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    Very nice. I keep meaning to revisit here. And I will, one day lol

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