Preston in the Picture: The Workhouse Hospital

Posted on - 11th March, 2012 - 10:00am | Author - | Posted in - Photos

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The last week or so has been a busy one from a photography point of view. A few ‘urban portraits’ sorted and posted on my web site, then we had the Global Rainbow. A spectacular laser light show from Preston Docks and some of you may have seen my photos from this event on Blog Preston and the LEP website. However, I’ve left the bright lights alone for my picture of the week, which is something much more traditional.

For me, this is one of Preston’s most spectacular buildings. In fact, I thought twice about highlighting it here in case the Council decide to pull it down – I’m guessing they no longer own it so it should be safe! It was originally owned by Preston Borough Council when it was opened in 1869 as a Workhouse Hospital. It was designed by Leigh Hall who was with Manchester architects Hayley Son & Hall.

The building has has a chequered history having been used for infectious diseases, mental health and as a maternity hospital. In the 1970s and 80s, Sharoe Green was a large general hospital with over 500 beds but once the newer Royal Preston Hospital opened the importance of Sharoe Green gradually wained.

Now, what will I bring you next week? Perhaps it will be an Urban Portrait, must try and sort out a model…

Photo Details: Nikon D700, 16-35mm f4vr f8 1/60 sec

Paul Melling [Paul Melling Photography]

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