The former Royal Liverpool Seaman’s Orphanage was opened in 1874 at Newsham Park by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh during its lifetime the building has been used as a Sanitarium, in 1954 it use was transferred to that of a hospital and received an influx of patients with mental health problems. In 1992 when nearby Rainhill mental institution was closed down the patients were transferred to Newsham. The hospital itself closed in 1996. It is reputed to have housed some notorious patients such as Ian Brady. As you walk around the building you feel you have just walked onto a movie set, it seems as though the patients just left one day and no one came back for the equipment
The first thing you notice when you approach Newsham Park Hospital is the great sense of foreboding, boarded up windows and overgrown grounds. Upon entering, once your eyes have adjusted to the dark the feeling of uncertainty does not leave you and you really won’t want to be walking around here on your own in the dark.
Previous investigations have seen members of staff being hit in the face, noises of someone walking briskly over the wooden floors in the dining room, bells ringing in the school house, the appalling sense of dread and fear in the chapel and incinerator, is it the spirit of the staff member who used to prepare the bodies for cremation? faces peeking around doors in the laundry room, and as for the ‘naughty boys corridor’ dare you spend time alone in the cupboard where the young boy was left to die?