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Report - St Johns Lunatic Asylum, Lincolnshire - January 2013

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Shatners, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. Shatners

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    A visit to St Johns Lunatic Asylum in Lincolnshire (amongst other places) with the splendid Skankypants and MrToby. Big thanks to MrToby for the transport and Skankypants for the access details.

    Unfortunately with a new baby I dont have much on the way of free time for processing photos so these are pretty much as taken with a bit of level twiddling and cropping, sorry... normal service should be resumed in about 18 years :D

    Incidentaly I almost died whilst Urbexing today... nothing as exciting as a fall from height, no I choked on Portland Flapjack! Dont laugh! You dont know man... you werent there! Was a really good day though and first chance I have had to try the new EOS 7D and 30mm 1.4 so that was fun.

    History:

    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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    Cheers for looking... theres a few more pics which I will stick up on my homepage in the next few days.
     
    #1 Shatners, Jan 13, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2013

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