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

    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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    Great pictures, reminds me of boarding school :(

    Also great website, bookmarked for later :)
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    This is somewhere I would love to see for myself. It's great to see it from your photographic perspective, bartje...superb pics as always. :)
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    Gah I cant believe I missed so much of this place when I went - especially the taxidermist, that looks awesome.

    Good to see you venturing over to the UK!

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    Wow how insane is it to have all that lying derelict! I hope that beautiful triple manual organ doesnt get wrecked. You got some killer shots man.

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    Dude this is like the best report i've ever seen. The place itself is fantastic and your pictures are very artistic, stunning

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    Some really great pictures you took there, wouldn't mind having a wander round there myself :)
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    Stunning images. That place looks absolutely amazing - I would love to go and explore it.

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    Bartje, excellent photos of an excellent place well done to you and Martino!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/45100355@N04/

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    nice one guys :)


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