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Report - Lincoln county lunatic asylum (St Johns) - Lincoln - Dec 2011

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by sammydoublewhammy, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. sammydoublewhammy

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    Well this was a happy surprise as I really didn't think that I would be going out on any more explores this year but I guess I was wrong, We had an absolute fail at this place after spending an hour trying to get into what we thought was the admin block which turned out to be where the security live whilst on site (something we didn't realise at the time) but thankfully he didn't come out despite us trying to open the locked door to where he would have been sat. It then turned out we had been right next to it the whole time and all it would have taken was for one of us to just look to our right as we walked through a door way so that took up a fair chunk of the trip. Anyway here is some history on the place.


    The Lincolnshire County Lunatic Asylum. The Asylum was built in 1852 and enlarged on several subsequent occasions. It was originally established jointly by Lindsey, Kesteven, Holland, Lincoln, Grimsby and Stamford, and managed by a Board of Visitors appointed by the contributing authorities. Kesteven and Grantham withdrew from the arrangement when the contract of Union expired in 1893 (eventually establishing the Kesteven County Asylum at South Rauceby, 1897). The hospital was set in grounds of 120 acres which included gardens, farmland and a burial ground. In 1940 female patients were transferred to other hospitals, mainly Storthes Hall near Huddersfield, to make space for an Emergency Hospital, and many did not return until well after the end of the War. Administration of the hospital passed to the National Health Service in 1948. By the early 1960s it was known by its final name of St John's Hospital. Patients were admitted from Harmston Hall Hospital when that hospital closed. St John's Hospital itself was closed in December 1989 with the remaining patients transferred to other establishments. The site was sold for housing and most of the buildings apart from the central block were demolished.


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    #1 sammydoublewhammy, Dec 27, 2011
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