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Report - RAF/USAF Nocton hall hospital 3-1-2010

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by zerocool, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. zerocool

    zerocool disco legs all the way :)
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    Explore with Bugsuperstar and Billand.
    The site is verry trashed now with only signs to tell what each area was used for.
    Some info on the site.
    Opened: 1940

    Re-deisgnated: 1943 United States Army Seventh General Hospital

    Re-designated: 1945 RAF Nocton Hall

    Closed: Hospital closed 1982

    Leased to USAF: 1984 - 1995

    Formally closed 23 Jun 1995, handed back by US Forces Sep 1995

    Units based here:

    On America's entry into the Great War in 1917 Nocton Hall, an 18th Century manor house, was turned into a convalescent home for young American officers. Towards the end of 1919 the now vacant Hall and its estate were sold to William H. Dennis who having little affection for domestic life in the village, did not reside there.

    Having lain vacant since the departure of the American military in 1919, Nocton Hall and 200 acres of parkland was acquired by the Air Ministry in 1940 and turned into an RAF Hospital. The Hall itself was used as an Army "clearing station" until 1943, when the US Army took possession of the Hall and grounds for a second time. Nocton became home for the United States Army Seventh General Hospital, built in the grounds behind it, and the Hall was used as the Officers’ Club.

    At the end of the War in 1945 the RAF selected Nocton Hall to be their permanent hospital for the county of Lincolnshire. RAF Nocton Hall was a 740 bed hospital under RAF control until 1984, used by civilians and forces personnel, one of the country’s undisputed RAF Hospitals. The decision to close Nocton Hall as a military hospital was taken on 31st March 1983.

    In 1984 Nocton Hall was leased to the US Armed Forces for a third time, this time as a United States Air Force wartime contingency hospital. During the Gulf War in 1991/92 some 1300 US medical staff were sent there, many billeted at RAF Scampton. Fortunately only 35 casualties received treatment here during the conflict. In its latter days just 13 American personnel remained here to keep the hospital serviceable.

    There followed a short period serving as an RAF forward outpatient department, from 1992 until 1993.

    RAF Nocton Hall was again handed back to the British Government to stand empty on 30 Sep 95. After a short period serving as a private residential home, the Hall and grounds are became subject to property development having been identified for disposal by the Defence Estates.

    Shortly before midnight on Sat 24 Oct 04 the Hall was set ablaze by arsonists. At its height, about 70 firefighters attended the blaze which started just before midnight. After several hours it was brought under control, but the roof collapsed and the building was severely damaged. Only a shell was to remain.

    On with my images from the day.
    The main hospital site











    The hall




    Hope you enjoyed my first explore for 2010.

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  2. Bugsuperstar

    Bugsuperstar Irresponsible & Reckless
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    you've both got some really nice shots there :thumb was a good day, here are some of mine.



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