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    This place used to be one of the darlings of the former-asylums urbex trail and used to have reports written about it on DP on a regular basis. These reached their peak in 2013 but since then there has been little in the way of reports. So inspired by The Wombat and Mikemutt's re-discovery of St John's asylum up the road in Lincoln recently, I decided to see what the state of play with was with the former Mental Institution at Rauceby. Normally a lack of reports are for a reason and that, coupled with very, very foggy and poor-visibility weather, didn't bode well. It would have been easy to turn back but I like a challenge. The challenge being to come up with a half-decent set of pictures for a report. Admittedly these are not the finest set of pictures I've ever posted but hopefully it does give an insight into the current state of play plus the fog does sort of add to the atmosphere of the place.

    The buildings that are now left in an oval-shaped compound are a fraction of the former hospital's enormous site which has been subject to a top-end housing estate development. That said a number of the institution's iconic buildings remain. The elegant admin block (see below, pictured circa 1905), the chapel (now undergoing refurbishment), the red-brick ward buildings and the conservatory.



    The buildings (bar the chapel) appear to have been left to decay. There are a number of building materials in the compound but these appear to be stored rather than for the purpose of renovating the buildings.

    It was quite an enjoyable explore. The compound is easy enough to enter but once in, as you will see from the pictures, the place is tightly sealed, ruling out internal shots. Many of the buildings appear to have recently been sealed with breeze-blocks and cement.

    The history of the place is a well-trodden path but here is a brief potted summary. The hospital was designed by GT Hine. Construction started in 1897 and was concluded five years when the institution opened in 1902. Kesteven County Council oversaw the hospital and it was renamed the Kesteven Mental Hospital in 1924 and then again in 1933 as the Rauceby Mental Hospital. During WWII the site was requisitioned by the RAF and renamed the No.4 RAF Hospital Rauceby. It was responsible for treating crash and burns patients under the direction of RAF Cranwell. The wartime Burns Unit itself was located in Orchard House. It was built alongside the main hospital on the site of the hospital's orchard. This was one of the last parts of the site to remain in NHS following the closure of the Mental Health Hospital in 1998. David Wilson Homes began redeveloping the site in 2004. The iconic water tower was controversially demolished in early 2006 David Wilson Homes cited subsidence caused by the long hot summer of 1976. Subsequently the site and the immediate vicinity have been officially renamed as Greylees. In 2012 the site was used as a set for the controversial horror movie "The Lucifer Effect". The unscripted flick featured eight people who volunteered to be locked inside the reportedly haunted mental asylum for three days. It got a little too real when two of the cast were hospitalised and the police became involved.

    The definitive history of Rauceby entitled 'Rauceby Reflections' was written by Gwyneth Stratten in 1992. A fantastic information resource courtesy of Simon Cornwell can be found here:

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    On with the pictures.

    The first thing I come across is the former chapel. It's been receiving a top-end refurb:



    img2487 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    From these two internals work appears to be on-going:

    img2545 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img2543 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Next up is the majestic admin building, all boarded up and looking a bit ghostly.

    img2488 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img2490 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    As you will see, bricked-up doors and windows are a continuing theme:

    img2502 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The roofs on some of the former ward buildings are in a desperate sate of repair:

    img2503 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    On into the compound itself:

    img2507 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Mmmm, perhaps in my younger days…

    img2510 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    …and in my slimmer days? Maybe not.

    img2516 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    An old out-house crumbles:

    img2517 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Birds on a wire, erm, I mean the roof…

    img2519 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Yet more boarded up ward buildings:

    img2520 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    I believe the correct definition for this one is "well-sealed".

    img2521 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And on to the iconic conservatory:

    img2524 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img2526 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And more ward buildings…these in slightly better nick:

    img2528 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    With original drain-pipes…

    img2530 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    …and exterior light!

    img2531 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Finally is this tower-like structure:

    img2532 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Perhaps this place merits a re-visit on a nicer day. Thanks for looking.

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    Fantastic set of photos!
    It's def had it's day, but you've captured Hines beautiful work perfectly.
    Thanks for sharing :)
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    Sleaford has more than it's fair share of amazing Victorian architecture doesn't it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UrbanX View Post
    Fantastic set of photos!
    It's def had it's day, but you've captured Hines beautiful work perfectly.
    Thanks for sharing :)
    Cheers UrbanX. Sadly it has. Hope the admin block gets restored.
    Quote Originally Posted by krela View Post
    Sleaford has more than it's fair share of amazing Victorian architecture doesn't it.
    It certainly does what with the Bass Maltings. And then Nocton just up the road.

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    Loving this. Wouldn't mind a wonder round there myself. Cool looking buildings too

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    Amazing photos HughieD! The photo of the pigeons on the roof is my favourite :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubex View Post
    Amazing photos HughieD! The photo of the pigeons on the roof is my favourite :)
    Cheers Rubex. A bit cliched but it had to be done!

    Quote Originally Posted by DirtyJigsaw View Post
    Loving this. Wouldn't mind a wonder round there myself. Cool looking buildings too
    Thanking you Mr Jigsaw.

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    I think the weather is fitting for your explore. Lincolnshire certainly has a lot to offer.

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    Nice one hughie..shame you could not get in the buildings.they were wide open when I went
    I like to go where others fear to tread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sludden View Post
    I think the weather is fitting for your explore. Lincolnshire certainly has a lot to offer.
    It didn't feel like it at the time but I think you are right! Yes...Lincs has loads to offer for sure.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikeymutt View Post
    Nice one hughie..shame you could not get in the buildings.they were wide open when I went
    Cheers Mikey. Yeah, saw your report. Things have changed access-wise recently. Think this may have been the reason...
    http://m.sleafordtarget.co.uk/Safety...ail/story.html
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