Sunday, 12 October 2014

Atmospheric orphanage


This crumbling sign for the Sir Ralph Pendlebury Orphanage can be seen on the busy Lancashire Hill in Stockport. The deserted steps and gothic gateway are easy to miss in the tumble of traffic on the way to the town centre.

Sir Ralph Pendlebury (1790–1861) was mayor of Stockport, and he created a charity with an endowment of £100,000. The orphanage named after him was opened in 1881. The charity gave relief, such as clothing, education or finding employment, to orphans of parents who had lived in the Stockport district for not less than two years. The building, on Dodge Hill, was designed by Scottish architect J. W. Beaumont, and it had room for about 250 boys and girls. It was later used by the Red Cross Society and became a hospital for wounded soldiers from 1914-1919. It still exists today: it is grade II listed and, fittingly, is now a care home.


This old entrance is no longer used, so it sits there doing duty as a memorial to the past. Crumbling, covered in overgrowing greenery, dark and dank, it’s pretty creepy. So it’s no surprise that rumours of ghosts abound: Pendlebury Hall claims a one-armed soldier, a white lady and singing children among its hauntings.



4 comments:

  1. It is a grand old building and I understand the new owners have done well to preserve a lot of its interior.

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  2. I used to work here in 2000 - it's an amazing building and it's quite sad that it's not open to the public as some of the original features are stunning.
    I heard of many haunted tales when I worked there and there did used to be a man dressed in a black suit who was always stood at the upper floor side windows (towards Lancashire Hill side) whenever I parked my car or left the premises yet those rooms were residents rooms and residents didn't wear black suits!
    In the newer building, the staff were not allowed to use any toilet facilities apart from the ones in the (totally unscary and totally modern) basement and one day I was going down and saw an elderly lady infront of me heading towards the one long corridor, so I rushed after her but as I got to the corridor itself, she'd vanished.

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  3. I used to work here in 2000 - it's an amazing building and it's quite sad that it's not open to the public as some of the original features are stunning.
    I heard of many haunted tales when I worked there and there did used to be a man dressed in a black suit who was always stood at the upper floor side windows (towards Lancashire Hill side) whenever I parked my car or left the premises yet those rooms were residents rooms and residents didn't wear black suits!
    In the newer building, the staff were not allowed to use any toilet facilities apart from the ones in the (totally unscary and totally modern) basement and one day I was going down and saw an elderly lady infront of me heading towards the one long corridor, so I rushed after her but as I got to the corridor itself, she'd vanished.

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    1. Hi Neena - thanks, that's really interesting to hear!

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