St Johns Asylum, Bracebridge Heath, Lincoln – 24 FEB 09

All right day 3 of of our holidays, part 2 of our day out, following on from others we thought we go take a look, due to some of us desiring to live to an old age and being mindful of the asbestos, it was a short one, which pissed some of us off as we did not get time to get images we would like i.e. long exposure on a tripod shots, but we never give up and we are going back, as there is much more we need to see oh what a strange vibe this one is, I loved it more than any other place we have done in our visit to asylums, it had bollocks to it, and the sheer arrogance of the place oh it reminded me of myself any how enough said, other than we ended the day with gun shouts ringing round us, the sun did set as we expected and if we had got our last objective it would have more than made up for not getting round St Johns, but we drove past Rampton and none us got booked in, erm close shave I feel.

Some Background then: (from what ive dug up on the old google)

St. Johns Asylum was designed by John R Hamilton of Gloucester assisted by Thomas Percy, Surveyor to the County of Kesteven , the Asylum was also called “Bracebridge Heath Asylum,” but its formal name was the long and cumbersome: “Lindsey and Holland Counties and Lincoln and Grimsby District Lunatic Asylum.

It also operated under the name: “Lincolnshire County Pauper Lunatic Asylum and was built in 1852 on a slight rise in Bracebridge parish, Originally built to house 250 inmates, it was enlarged in 1859, 1866, 1881 and 1902.

The asylum grounds covered 120 acres.

The asylum finally closed in 1989 and was bought by a property developer a few years later who has converted half of the site into houses but the main asylum buildings are Grade II listed buildings and cant be demolished.

1852-1893 Lincolnshire County Lunatic Asylum or Lincolnshire County Pauper Lunatic Asylum
1894-1915 Lincolnshire Lunatic Asylum
1897-1898 Lindsey, Holland, Lincoln and Grimsby District Pauper Lunatic Asylum
1903-1920 Lincolnshire Asylum
1898-1902 Bracebridge Pauper Lunatic Asylum
1902-1919 Bracebridge District Lunatic Asylum
1919-1948 Bracebridge Mental Hospital
1930-1938 Lincolnshire Mental Hospital
1939-1960 Bracebridge Heath Hospital
1961-1989 St John’s Hospital, Bracebridge Heath

The grounds were cultivated by the inmates to provide vegetables and sewage was disposed of by irrigation over 10 acres of land about a half mile from the asylum.

St. Johns also had a cemetery of one and half acres on the grounds, with its own mortuary chapel.

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