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St John's Hospital

The Asylum was built in 1852 and enlarged on several subsequent occasions. It was originally established jointly by Lindsey, Kesteven, Holland, Lincoln, Grimsby and Stamford, and managed by a Board of Visitors appointed by the contributing authorities. Kesteven and Grantham withdrew from the arrangement when the contract of Union expired in 1893 (eventually establishing the Kesteven County Asylum at South Rauceby, 1897). The hospital was set in grounds of 120 acres which included gardens, farmland and a burial ground. In 1940 female patients were transferred to other hospitals, mainly Storthes Hall near Huddersfield, to make space for an Emergency Hospital, and many did not return until well after the end of the War. Administration of the hospital passed to the National Health Service in 1948. By the early 1960s it was known by its final name of St John’s Hospital. Patients were admitted from Harmston Hall Hospital when that hospital closed. St John’s Hospital itself was closed in December 1989 with the remaining patients transferred to other establishments. The site was sold for housing and most of the buildings apart from the central block were demolished.

The following names, among others, were used for the Institution, sometimes interchangeably:

  • 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

Occupations of patients listed in the early 20th Century included farmer, labourer, keelman, ship’s fireman, saddler, painter, labourer, agricultural labourer, cottager, chimney sweep, mechanic, architect, master plumber, engineer, fisherman, clerk, castrator, brickmaker, boilermaker, commercial traveller, police constable… , and for females, domestic servant, housewife, pauper, shopkeeper, widow, housekeeper, pot dealer, mother’s help (formerly schoolteacher) … These occupations reflect the generally lower social status of the patients here compared with those at the Lawn.

The hospital was also used as a wartime Emergency Hospital in the period 1940-1943, and a few records of this function survive with the asylum records.

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Battles and Dynasties

Battles and Dynasties

27 May - 3 September 2017


Battles and Dynasties explores the conflict for the crown from Domesday to present day through fascinating documents, paintings and artefacts each fundamental to our local and national heritage. The Exhibition runs from 27 May to 3 September 2017 at the Collection Museum.

It's an unmissable opportunity to see significant pieces on our doorstep here in Lincolnshire, including major objects and paintings that are rarely shown outside of London and some things from private collections that are never on display. Read more about the exhibition here

Domesday

As part of the Battles and Dynasties the Domesday Book, the country's earliest surviving public record will be on show at Lincoln Castle this summer.

This is a rare and unmissable opportunity to see Domesday on display, in a castle built by the same king that ordered the document. The iconic document will be on display in the David P J Ross Magna Carta Vault. Read more about Domesday at Lincoln Castle here

This exhibition has been made possible as a result of the Government Indemnity Scheme. Lincolnshire County Council would like to thank HM Government for providing Government Indemnity and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council England for arranging the indemnity.

Battles and Dynasties has been brought together by Lincolnshire County Council and Lord Cormack in partnership with the Historic Lincoln Trust, The National Archives and the British Library.


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