st johns | doom and gloom

The exterior chapel was also north of the Administration Block, situated on high ground, surrounded by a security fence and overlooked by new-build houses. Considering I’d only been there five minutes, vaulting a fence in front of all and sundry would’ve been a silly move. I left the chapel alone.

Oddly, the chapel was an afterthought, not being built until 1869. A startling omission and probably caused some problems with the Inspectors Of Lunacy. The chapel could seat 450, suggesting a patient number of around 900 by that time, which the asylum reached by 1977.

Somewhere in the fields of Lincolnshire is a cemetery of one and a half acres and a mortuary chapel. Or it's been demolished and new build Barrett Homes now occupy the site.