st johns | doom and gloom

I dropped the group off at Rauceby and travelled onto St. Johns alone. The asylum was easy to find, being surrounded by new housing (which had been densely packed into the original asylumís grounds), and still occupying a prominent position Bracebridge Heath, just south of Lincoln.

After discretely parking the car in the asylumís grounds (next to several others), I joined the other walkers, dog handlers and boisterous children who were all ambling around the old buildings. It was certainly a relaxed site.

The pictures show my first views of the building, taken from the western end of the main block.

This asylum wins the joint awards for having the most number of names, and the most cumbersome name of all. It started off life as the Lindsey and Holland Counties and Lincoln and Grimsby District Lunatic Asylum (or the terse LHCLGDLA for those who like their TLAs) before being opened as the Lincolnshire County Pauper Lunatic Asylum, then reverting to the Lincolnshire County Lunatic Asylum, morphing to the softer Bracebridge Heath Asylum before finally becoming the simple, yet effective, St. Johns (in 1961).

Or if you want dates:

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