nocton hall | tragic coincidences

Nocton is a quiet village lost in the patchwork of roads, fields and woods of Lincolnshire. Despite its relative remoteness, it was selected as a site for a war hospital, built for the servicemen of the RAF for the many surrounding airbases. Therefore the small village doubled in size as a huge, prefabricated hospital was thrown up in 1943.

Even today, with the hospital now derelict and overgrown, its military ranks of pavilion wards dominates satellite images of the village, but you’d be hard pressed to find it from the ground. Nocton’s quiet sleepy streets weren’t overshadowed by this hospital; the focal point was the remains of its hall.