Report - Lincolnshire Mental Hospital, June 2012

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jah rastafari
28DL Full Member
Feb 9, 2011
Myself and Gmattech payed a visit to this great crazy house on a bit of a last minute decision. The plan was to drive up in a focus I had for a bit as it was a diesel, to save on fuel. compared to my starlet that does not. It developed a water leak and we were running 2 hours late. in the end we went in matt's BMW, which was a much better option :)

so after a 4 hour drive we made it, a quick walk around the fence and we were in. The place was quite, no security? nice, in the building's and of we go.


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,â€￾ 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.