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Elm Ward - Based on the 1902 plan

We now moved upstairs, above Rowan Ward and into Elm Ward. The floorplan was much the same as the floor below but there were one or two interesting differences.

Stairwell #1: North east
Taking the stairs. Note Hine's characteristic brown tiling.

Stairwell #1: South West
And after the turn in the stairs, continuing upwards.

Rauceby never painted over the tiles which seemed to be standard in other asylums.

Corridor #2: South
At the top of the stairway and looking south into the Dormitory.

Store Room #3: North East
If this room had a similar function to the one below it, then this was a former Attendent's.

Sluice Room #3: North West
Looking back towards the corridor, it's clear that this room is now a general store room.

Room #4: East
This room had changed its configuration; the former Lavatory had now been converted into two smaller rooms. I wonder if it was now a toilet with the opposite gender toilet next door.

Water Closet #5: South West
This Water Closet had never changed its function and was still a toilet.

Dormitory #6: South East
This room was still a Dormitory but all the beds had long been removed.

Dormitory #6: North West
The same room looking back at the corridor we'd just walked through. The fireplace was always a fireplace - and can be easily found on the 1902 plan.

Lift: North West
Looking out of the window towards Admin. The buildings are:
1. The Sanitation Tower (left)
2. The modern Lift Shaft
3. Above them both, the top of the Water Tower.
4. The skylights were the windows for the former Bath House.
5. And just to the right can be seen the Admin clock tower.
6. And below them all, the single storey Main Corridor.

Corridor #7: North East
Like the floor below, a single corridor now lead to the Day Room with Single Rooms off to the north-east side.

Room #8: North East
A view into one of the Single Rooms.

Corridor #7: South East
A final shot looking down the corridor towards the Day Room. Unlike the floor below, all of the former Single Rooms were still Single Rooms.

Day Room #9: South West
Like the ground floor, the Day Room occupies exactly the same floor plan.

Day Room #9: South West
A picture of the Elm Ward Day Room in 1997, just before the hospital's closure. ©Steve

Day Room #9: North East
It would be difficult to tell the two floors apart. Again, note how bright and sunny it is in this area.

Day Room #9: South West
Continuing through the Day Room to the next, smaller Day Room. There were signs of systematic stripping and vandalism here with the missing door handles, stacked wood and broken windows.

Day Room #10: South East
Now standing in the smaller Day Room and looking back towards the vandalised former partition wall.

Day Room #10: South East
This room was last used as the ward's dining room. THis picture was taken in 1997, just before the hospital's closure. ©Steve

Day Room #10: South
Looking out through the bay window. The horse chestnut tress had grown to maturity during the life of the asylum, and the original planned view of the airing courts were now blocked by a wall of leaves and green.

Day Room #10: North
Just like the room below, there was a small Kitchen with serving hatch to the north of this Day Room. And modern heating unit occupied the space of the original fire place.

Corridor #11: South
Looking into the Day Room from the main corridor leading into it.

Corridor #11: North East
From here we could look into the Sanitation Tower, across the short corridor looking into it. Unlike the floor below it hadn't been modified.

Roof: North
From here the view was across the skylights of the former Bath House and across to the roof of the Mortuary.

Corridor #11: South
And here's one of many suprises of Rauceby: The Mosaic. This underwater scene was created by an artist working with the patients, during a four week period in 1985.

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Corridor #11: South
A view of the mosaic and corridor taken in 1997, just before the hospital's closure. ©Steve

Corridor #11: South
A view of the mosaic and corridor taken in 1997, just before the hospital's closure. ©Steve

Corridor #11: West
And from the corridor with the mosaic, looking west into the former Ward Scullery which was now a kitchen.

Room #13: South East
The former Ward Scullery had been covered into a small Kitchen in exactly the same way as the room below.

Room #14: South West
And, just like the floor below, the rooms here had all been given new uses; this was now a general store room. (The other doors were locked and so were not photographed).

Corridor #11: South East
A final shot of this corridor which clearly shows the full extent of the mosaic.

Stairwell: North East
Just like the other stairwell, this again featured Hine's characteristic brown tiles.

Stairwell: South West
And continuing down... a double window here, because more light was needed...

Stairwell: North East
And here's the reason for the extra light - this staircase was three separate flights whilst the staircase at the other end of the ward was only two. Interesting. Again, Hine must have had a reason.

Main Corridor: South West
And finally we were back into the main corridor.

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