St John’s asylum – Lincoln – November 2012

St Johns 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, and by the early 1960s it was known by its final name of St John’s Hospital. 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.




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8 thoughts on “St John’s asylum – Lincoln – November 2012

  1. This is an amazing location! So many times I cross shots from within these walls but I have yet to come upon such a great display of history to accompany the glimpses of this beauty. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  2. Don’t sell yourself short. I think you did a great job. They compliment your write up rather well. Again, thank you for sharing the history. Pictures are just pictures until a backstory brings the location to life!

      • Do you explore regularly? You just have to keep in mind that though you may not be satisfied with your shots, you’re getting to go to these locations and sharing with others who may have never been to an abandonment so the only way they experience it is through your lens. Whether they are awesome shots or less than desirable in your eyes, it’s the experience you are creating for others that counts 🙂

  3. Is it easy to gain access to the building? I would love to get th opportunity to photograph in there, your pictures are brilliant , it Looks a great location to photograph

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