Rauceby Asylum, August 2013

Author zeroUE - Last updated: 27.12.2013

Rauceby Hospital, originally called Kesteven County Asylum, is a now-defunct mental institution in the parish of Quarrington, Lincolnshire. Building work was commenced in 1897, the facility was completed and opened in 1902. After changing hands and names several times the main hospital building was closed in 1998 and abandoned for several years. From 2004 parts of the site underwent redevelopment to convert it into private housing.

At the time the hospital buildings included a chapel (now deconsecrated), two graveyards, a mortuary and various tunnels connecting wards (under the corridors).

The hospital was designed by GT Hine, construction began in 1897 and was completed in 1902. Operated by the Kesteven County Council the facility was renamed to Kesteven Mental Hospital in 1924 and to Rauceby Mental Hospital in 1933.
In 1940 the building was taken over by the Royal Air Force, renamed as No.4 RAF Hospital Rauceby it became a crash and burns unit under the control of nearby RAF Cranwell. During its tenure as a burns unit plastic surgeon Archibald McIndoe worked at the facility, along with other members of the “Guinea Pig Club”.

The wartime Burns Unit was situated in Orchard House, built alongside the hospital orchard – one of the last remaining parts of Rauceby Mental Hospital to remain in NHS use as offices for the former Lincolnshire South West PCT following the Mental Health Hospital’s closure in 1998.

An isolation hospital, built on the western edge of the site was never used as such; instead it housed those residents working on the farm and now functions as a 12-bedded in-patient unit for age 12–18 years within the child and adolescent mental health services under the control of the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust).

The main hall burnt down in 1947 marking the end of RAF control, the NHS took over the site the following year renaming it to Rauceby Hospital and returning patients that had previously been displaced.

The South Lincolnshire Community & Mental Health Services NHS Trust closed the main hospital building in 1997, whilst retaining Orchard House as the Trust’s headquarters and Ash Villa on Willoughby Road as a Special School.

After standing unused and, with the main building in a deteriorating state of repair, David Wilson Homes began redevelopment work on the site in 2004. Following public consultation, the site and its surroundings (including Rauceby railway station) were officially renamed as Greylees, although the developer continues to refer to the housing development as De Vessey Fields.

It looks very similar to the present state of St Mary’s, except not quite as stripped out but nearly. Outlying ward blocks and admin remain with the bits inbetween gone. The Chapel is also still there and unfortunately the 5 foot dummy which was mentioned in a report from earlier this year was no where to be seen.

Hello to the two lads who were trying to get in when I left (who were also trying to get in when I got there lol) hope you managed it alright. Sorry but had to chuckle when I saw your proposed method of entry as that was a one way ticket with no return trip!

Up first was the Chapel

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Still has the bed inside it, quite why its there I don’t know

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Onto the asylum buildings

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The lift to Hell….

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Finally the greenhouse

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Thanks for looking!

1 comment

#1Cliff CharlesworthAugust 10, 2014, 2:31 pm

I commenced at this Hospital in December 1950 & it was a very interesting hospital at the forefront on psychiatric treatments & I left to continue further training at Rampton.hops. in 1956
Deep Insulin coma therapy was practiced here & also ECT .
The Chief Male Nurse was Mr.Clemitt & his deputy was Mr.C.Tunstall.
The Medical Super was Dr.Henderson who was replaced by Dr.H.A Coles..
I hardly re3cognise any of the partl demolished buildings shown.
Cliff Charlesworth.

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