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Report - Nocton Hall, Lincolnshire - April 2014

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by Icecoldkitten, Apr 25, 2014.

  1. Icecoldkitten

    Icecoldkitten Hooked on curiosity
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    An impromptu visit to Nocton Hall, whilst on a weekend away, so only my iPhone in my pocket this time. Light was good outside so photos not too bad, but interior ones are a bit blurry and noisy, unfortunately. We were actually really heading for the hospital, which is where I was born in 1979, and really wanted to see soon as I hear it is now owned and consented for planning permission. We had done a little research the night before and had checked out some old reports but it wasn't immediately obvious on Google Maps that the series of long low buildings really is the hospital. There are several ways to get to the perimeter including a long walk across fields, which is probably the best on reflection. There is also a footpath which brings you out next to the hall and also an old folks home next door which is still functioning, so you could also just drive right up to it if you wanted. We chose the lazy route with the shortest walk - from the church. We followed a nice path through a gate - no signs but most likely private. As we were coming to the end of the path, which joined the road past the hall to the hospital, a car drove past. We skulked in trees for a minute and when we came out the car had disappeared. The only place it could have gone was through the padlocked gates in to the hospital grounds. Despite that we walked along the fence for 20 minutes, which is obviously regularly patrolled as there was a clearly worn path and every single friggin' hole had been well wired up - requiring pliers to undo the repairs. We never go tooled up…

    Here is the history of the hall and a little on the hospital also: Nocton Hall - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In short the hall was visited by Henry VIII and in the garden is a chestnut tree planted by his 5th wife, Catherine. The tree is still there. It was also home to Frederick Robinson who was prime minister in 1827 for a disastrous 5 months before being sacked. People are campaigning for it to be saved as it is Grade II listed.

    So, back to the hall itself. There is the usual fence round the hall itself - health and safety lip service stuff. But, there is also a long series of prefab buildings which had been used as rooms for old folks when the nursing home was still in operation. A hideous carbuncle on the side of a beautiful manor, but here is where I found the clues left by other explorers. We were in. I've popped the photos in the order we saw things.

    Hmmm, old sign but definitely some noise coming form the hospital grounds. Whilst wandering round the hall grounds we heard voices and a car door slamming - guessing it was probably the security.


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    Chair in the grounds - retro.

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    Armchair garden

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    Nice peeling paintwork

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    The collapse at the end of the corridor to the main house that stopped us in our tracks. Don't fancy being under the next one when it happens so we retraced a few feet to the convenient trail left for us :)

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    Sign, amusingly pointing to the route previous explorers had taken

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    The collapse from above

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    Office in the basement - taken through the window as I wasn't brave enough to go in

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    Unstable brickwork. Not sure how much longer the place will last

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    Exterior

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    Pretty main entrance

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    Exterior. I really like the doorway - very grand

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    Ivy

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    Garden steps

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    Coat of arms

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    Useless padlock

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    Back into the prefab old folks rooms. Keyboard

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    Bed and collapsed ceiling

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    Bathroom

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    Generator

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    Socks

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    Fuck the police

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    One of the relatively intact bedrooms

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    Old peoples armchair, nicely wipeable fabric

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    On the way out I saw these, which I had not noticed on the way in. I assume they are actually photos from inside the hall and they were in surprisingly perfect condition considering they were exposed to the elements, and were just lying on top if the debris. Very eerie - like someone had just dropped them a few moments before.

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    Lamp post. This is along the driveway up to the hall and functioning old folks place next door - not exactly the welcoming view you would want at a retirement home for your loved ones.

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  2. 1nk4

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    awesome :)
     
  3. Poindexter (WW)

    Poindexter (WW) Wasteland Wanderer
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    It's worth venturing past the collapsed corridor, it's more than possible and it allows you to see a lot more of the hall.
    A great site though and some good images. The hospital itself is an experience, these places are definitely gems of Lincolnshire.
     
  4. Courier

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    As Poindexter says, getting past the collapse is relatively easy and definitely worth it. The interior of the hall is good fun to walk around.
     
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