This is the last shot of the chapel, I promise.
Rauceby was designed for 490 patients, making it a quarter of the size of
Cane Hill and Severalls. The chapels were usually designed
to hold half the patients at once, so this was smallest Iíd seen so far.
Even so, this was now my favourite. The Cane Hill chapel is too buried in the
asylum to really be seen (CH Howell probably being pushed for space on the
Cane Hill peninsula plus responding to thoughts that the chapelís should be
part of the asylum main buildings) whilst the chapel at Severalls is oversized and
overbearing. This had more Ďhumaní dimensions.
Hineís positioning of this chapel was odd however. Itís perched on the north west of the site,
to the back of the hospital, and not near the main drive. Iíd like to know the thoughts behind that.
The good news is that the chapel is being kept by the developers.