Lancaster Moor asylum

Photos are over 3 visits to the dominating building of Lancaster moor asylum sat next to the M6. On all visits we went undetected and was full of laughs avoiding getting caught with my friends BB and BA. It’s a site I always wanted to do, but was never easy, and then one time going up the M6 I noticed something had changed and then there was no stopping me getting up there and finally getting it done. Some of the building had been partly stripped back ready for converting, but some of the old bits remained. But I have to say the best bit was sat on top of the tower at night, watching the cars on the motorway and seeing all the lights over Lancaster and Morecambe.


History:-The County Lunatic Asylum, on Lancaster Moor, opened in 1816, and since enlarged, is a stately quadrangular building of stone, with a handsome front, relieved by pillars of the Doric order, and could hold up to 2,400 patients.

The annexe completed in 1882 at a cost of £125,000, occupies a site comprising an area of about 41 acres. The buildings are constructed of stone; in the centre of the block over the main entrance is a clock tower about 100 feet in height, and there are smaller ones at the front extremity of each wing.

The building also includes a fine dining hall 120 feet long by 60 feet wide and 60 feet high.