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    1. The History
    The hospital was designed by GT Hine and 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.

    Plan of the site:

    Rauceby-Hospital-Map by HughieDW, on Flickr

    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 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 redevelopment into a maze-like top-end housing estate. That said, a number of the institution's iconic buildings remain. The elegant admin block (see below, pictured circa 1905), the chapel (undergoing refurbishment, although this appears to have stopped), the red-brick ward buildings and the conservatory.

    Rauceby by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Barratt Homes submitted an application for 106 homes at the site in May 2016. Plans involved the demolition of Blocks A-F and conversion of Blocks G, L and M to dwellings. The conservatory would be retained while 100 new homes, a 2,500 square foot commercial building and a 2,500 square foot community building would be build on the freed-up space. At a public meeting in March 2017 the councillors on the planning committee rejected the plans because they involved demolishing too much of the historic structure. Barratt Homes then asked Sleaford Town Council if it would be willing to buy the building off them for £917,674 at a meeting on March 29. Barratt Homes appealed but government planning inspector, David Rose, dismissed the appeal, stating that Barratt “needed to do more to explore all potential options for the retention, conversion and use of those buildings”. As a consequence, the 9.1-acre site was put on the market with estate agents Lambert Smith Hampton with a guide price of £1m. However, it now quoted as being “No longer on the market”.

    2. The Explore
    Having been here early twice - once on a very misty Sunday morning two years ago and then a damp, wet Saturday last year, the weather was much better on this visit. Hopefully it was going to be third time lucky. Sadly, it didn’t work out that way. The big hole in the perimeter fence had been mended, there were motion sensors at strategic points plus there was a car in the compound and a security hut with the light on. Hence for a third time I had to content myself with shots from the periphery.

    3. The Pictures
    The star of the show, the former admin block:

    img5569 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5567 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Fantastic stonework and facade:

    img5563 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And a clock tower still in need of a little bit of care:



    img5565bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5564 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    One of the remaining ward buildings:

    img5566 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And another:

    img5570 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Rear views of the admin block:

    img5573 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    …and it’s not raining!

    img5574 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5583 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5575 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5576 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5581 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5585 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The legendary conservatory which has been cleared-up of foliage:

    img5586 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5587bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5588 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Beefed up secca!

    img5582 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Goodbye Rauceby for another time…

    img5589 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    …and the secca man in his box:

    img5591 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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    Thanks given by: ajarb, DaddyFatSax, Hugh Jorgan, Ipcre55, krela, MD, Mearing, mtc3154, prettyvacant71, rockfordstone, Rubex, The Wombat, titimo82

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    That's a nice update. This, like others could be made into apartments.
    When the going gets tough - the tough get going.

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    Great update HD thanks! I remember seeing this on here several years ago and always wanted to visit but sadly never made it. So glad some of the buildings have survived and especially that conservatory, always love to hear how places are doing and how redev is goin, appreciate that HD thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by prettyvacant71 View Post
    Great update HD thanks! I remember seeing this on here several years ago and always wanted to visit but sadly never made it. So glad some of the buildings have survived and especially that conservatory, always love to hear how places are doing and how redev is goin, appreciate that HD thanks!
    Ha ha...my pleasure PV!

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    interesting to see an update on this!
    Surprised at the amount of security there is now
    I visited 5 years ago, in deep snow, and it was a fab explore.
    Good work Hughie
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    & LSD - Leicester Super Derpers

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