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Bracebridge Heath
 
Bracebridge Heath, Asylum
Bracebridge Heath, Asylum
Bracebridge Heath, Asylum

The hospital at Bracebridge Heath opened as the County Pauper Lunatic Asylum in 1852.

Designed in Italienate style, the huge complex of buildings could accommodate 250 patients, and was set in extensive grounds, which included gardens, a cemetery and a 30 acre farm worked by the inmates.

St Johnís Hospital, as it was finally known, remained in use until 1989.  Seen here is the central block, which after standing empty for many years may yet be converted to apartments.

Postcard, 1904

Bracebridge Heath, lunatic asylum, St John Hospital
Bracebridge Heath, Blacksmiths Arms, Public house
Bracebridge Heath, Blacksmiths Arms, Public house
Bracebridge Heath, Blacksmiths Arms, Public house

Listed in Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1937 :-

"Blacksmiths' Arms P.H. (Wltr. Beet)"

Not listed in the earlier 1919 Directory. 

DB 20 February 2019 


Bracebridge Heath, Blacksmiths Arms, Public house
Bracebridge Heath, John Bull, Public House
Bracebridge Heath, John Bull, Public House
Bracebridge Heath, John Bull, Public House

Listed in Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 :-

"Sewell Walter Ronald, John Bull P.H"

and in the 1885 Directory

"Drewery George, John Bull P.H"

Name changed to "The Bull" in recent years. 

DB 20 February 2019 

Bracebridge Heath, John Bull, Public House
Bracebridge Heath, Methodist Church
Bracebridge Heath, Methodist Church
Bracebridge Heath, Methodist Church

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"there is also a Primitive Methodist chapel erected in 1872"

This seems to be a rebuild on the same site. 

DB 25 February 2019

Bracebridge Heath, Methodist Church, primitive
Bracebridge Heath, Pump House to Bracebridge Heath Service Reservoir
Bracebridge Heath, Pump House to Bracebridge Heath Service Reservoir
Bracebridge Heath, Pump House to Bracebridge Heath Service Reservoir

"Pump house. 1912. Designed by Niel McKechnie Barron, in the Baroque Revival style"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1061752 

DB 28 January 2019

Bracebridge Heath, Pump House to Bracebridge Heath Service Reservoir, Niel McKechnie Barron
Bracebridge Heath, Social Club, Grantham Road
Bracebridge Heath, Social Club, Grantham Road
Bracebridge Heath, Social Club, Grantham Road

Between School & Church.

Was previously the Silver Sounds Band Sports & Social Club

DB 20 February 2019 

Bracebridge Heath, Social Club, Silver Sounds
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist

The modest red-brick church of St John the Evangelist was designed by C H Fowler and built in 1908-10.

Henry Wheatley, 2017

Bracebridge Heath, St John Evangelist
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist

Originally a mission church within the parish of All Saints Bracebridge. 

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"The Mission church of St. John was erected in 1910 at a cost of about £1,500"

Designed by Charles Hodgson Fowler of Durham and built by Messers. H.S. & W Close of Lincoln.

Pevsner comments on the "spiky bell-spirelet".

Bracebridge Heath did not become an independent parish until 1971(?) 

DB 2 February 2019

Bracebridge Heath, Church, Saint John The Evangelist, Charles Hodgson Fowler
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Chancel
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Chancel
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Chancel

Simple panelled reredos made from stained deal.

DB 20 February 2019

Bracebridge Heath, Church, Saint John The Evangelist
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Chancel
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Chancel
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Chancel

War memorial window.

"TO THE GLORY OF GOD & IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS VILLAGE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE TWO WORLD WARS" 

DB 20 February 2019 

Bracebridge Heath, Church, Saint John The Evangelist, Stained Glass, war memorial
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Chancel, War Memorial
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Chancel, War Memorial
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Chancel, War Memorial

F ixed to the east wall of the chancel below the memorial window.

DB 20 February 2019

Bracebridge Heath, Church, Saint John The Evangelist, war memorial
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Narthex
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Narthex
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Narthex

A modern extension to the original church.

DB 20 February 2019

Bracebridge Heath, Church, Saint John The Evangelist
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Nave
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Nave
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Nave

Looking east towards the altar.

DB 20 February 2019

Bracebridge Heath, Church, Saint John The Evangelist
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Nave
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Nave
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Nave

Looking west towards the narthex.

DB 20 February 2019

Bracebridge Heath, Church, Saint John The Evangelist
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Nave, Font
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Nave, Font
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Nave, Font

Presumably an original fitting from 1910.

DB 20 February 2019

Bracebridge Heath, Church, Saint John The Evangelist, Font
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Nave, Pulpit
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Nave, Pulpit
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Nave, Pulpit

Presumably an original fitting from 1910 made from stained deal.

DB 20 February 2019

Bracebridge Heath, Church, Saint John The Evangelist, pulpit
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Organ
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Organ
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Organ

 

DB 20 February 2019

Bracebridge Heath, Church, Saint John The Evangelist, organ
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Porch
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Porch
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Porch

St John's Hospital banner displayed in the porch.

Made by the patients in the Occupational Therapy Department in 1978.

Hung in St John's Hospital Chapel until the hospital closed in 1989.

DB 20 February 2019

Bracebridge Heath, Church, Saint John The Evangelist
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Porch
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Porch
Bracebridge Heath, St John the Evangelist, Porch

The church hall beyond the porch appears to be in use by the 21st Lincoln Scouts.

DB 20 February 2019 

Bracebridge Heath, Church, Saint John The Evangelist, Porch, Scouts
Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, Cemetery
Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, Cemetery
Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, Cemetery

Gateway leading from Sleaford Road into the hospital's cemetery.

DB 26 February 2019 

Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, Cemetery
Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, Cemetery
Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, Cemetery
Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, Cemetery
Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :- 
 
"there is also a cemetery of two acres, with a mortuary chapel"
 
The mortuary chapel, shown on OS maps, has been demolished.
 
Nor is there any sign of grave markers but perhaps being a pauper hospital there never were any?
 
DB 26 February 2019 
 
 
 
Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, Cemetery
Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, Chapel
Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, Chapel
Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, Chapel

"Chapel. 1869 by Robert Young with Dr Palmer"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1061751  

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states

"a new chapel was erected in 1869 and will seat 450; there is also a cemetery of two acres, with a mortuary chapel"

DB 20 February 2019 

 

Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, Chapel, Robert Young
Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, Main Building
Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, Main Building
Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, Main Building

A small part of the Main Building which has been redeveloped - viewed from Caistor Drive.

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"The Lindsey and Holland Counties and Lincoln and Grimsby District Lunatic Asylum, situated on an eminence in this parish, on the high road to Sleaford, and erected in 1852, is a building in the Italian style, enlarged in 1859, 1866, 1881, 1902 and 1917:

the estate consists of 120 acres, cultivated chiefly by the spade husbandry of the inmates; the sewage is disposed of by irrigation over 10 acres of land about half a mile from the asylum, quite inoffensively and profitably:

the recreation grounds, which are tastefully laid out with flower beds, shrubs and trees, occupy about six acres:

a new chapel was erected in 1869 and will seat 450; there is also a cemetery of two acres, with a mortuary chapel.

H. Hickling esq. of Louth, is chairman of the committee of visitors; A.H.L. Melville, treasurer; H. E. Page, Bank street, Lincoln, clerk to the visitors; Thomas Leonard Johnston L.R.C.P. & S.Edin. medical superintendent; Rev. Alexander George Trimble M.A. chaplain"

DB 25 February 2019

Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital,
Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, Main Building
Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, Main Building
Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, Main Building

Much of the Main Building is in poor condition having lain empty since the hospital closed in 1989.

"The hospital was designed by John Hamilton and James Medland in the Italianate style as the Lincolnshire County Lunatic Asylum and opened in 1852.

It became Bracebridge Pauper Lunatic Asylum in 1898 and Bracebridge Mental Hospital in 1919.

It served as an Emergency Hospital during the Second World War and, having been renamed Bracebridge Heath Hospital in 1939, joined the National Health Service in 1948.

It went on to become St John's Hospital, Bracebridge Heath in 1961"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_John%27s_Hospital,_Bracebridge_Heath 

DB 20 February 2019

Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, Main Building
Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, Main Building
Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, Main Building
Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, Main Building

White's History, Gazetteer And Directory Of Lincolnshire 1872 states :- 

"LINCOLNSHIRE COUNTY PAUPER LUNATIC ASYLUM is an extensive establishment pleasantly situated in Bracebridge heath, two miles South of Lincoln, on an elevated and healthy site near the high road to Sleaford.

The institution was opened in 1852 for 250 patients, since which considerable additions have been made, and it has now room for upwards of 600.

The plan and arrangements of this large asylum are in accordance with the most approved modern systems.

Attached to it are about 120 acres of land.

The building, which is plain Italian throughout, occupies with the court and airing grounds seven acres; about eight acres more are occupied by gardens, lawns, plantations, and roads; thus leaving about 105 acres for the farm, which is partly cultivated by spade husbandry, and gives healthy employment to a large number of male patients.

In 1870, the average number of patients was 582, consisting of 280 males, and 302 females.

Many of the latter are employed in the laundry, kitchen, needlework, &c.

A new detached chapel, containing 450 sittings, was consecrated by the Bishop of Lincoln, in 1869, and the original chapel appropriated to a recreation hall, in which the patients have weekly entertainments.

One of the most agreeable features of the asylum is the excellent manner in which the airing grounds are planted and laid; the flower beds, which are carefully kept and well stocked with bright and gay flowers, have a most cheerful aspect, which cannot but be gratifying and beneficial to the patients ..."

DB 25 February 2019

Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, Main Building
Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, The Homestead
Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, The Homestead
Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, The Homestead

"Former Medical Superintendents House, recently used as offices. 1902 by A. E. Gough. In the Italianate style"

"Built as part of St John's Hospital"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1360602 

Now The Homestead pub/restaurant. 

DB 20 February 2019

Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, The Homestead, Medical Superintendent
Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, The Lodge, Caistor Drive
Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, The Lodge, Caistor Drive
Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, The Lodge, Caistor Drive

"Lodge. 1851-52 by Thomas Parry"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1280921 

DB 25 February 2019

Bracebridge Heath, Lodge, Thomas Parry
Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, Water Tower
Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, Water Tower
Bracebridge Heath, St John's Hospital, Water Tower

St Johnís Hospital was built as the County Pauper Lunatic Asylum in 1852.  It was in effect a large self-contained community.

The water tower of 1924-25 is built of reinforced concrete and is 38m (125ft) high.

September 2013

(The water tower was demolished July 2014 DB)

Bracebridge Heath, water tower, asylum
Bracebridge Heath, St John's Primary Academy, Grantham Road
Bracebridge Heath, St John's Primary Academy, Grantham Road
Bracebridge Heath, St John's Primary Academy, Grantham Road

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states

"Public Elementary School (mixed), erected in 1880, for 100 children; Beaumont Mawer, master"

and in 1885

"built in 1880, to hold 100; average attendance, 52; Miss Jane Hicks, mistress"

DB 20 February 2019

Bracebridge Heath, St John's Primary Academy
Bracebridge Heath, War Memorial
Bracebridge Heath, War Memorial
Bracebridge Heath, War Memorial

Dedicated March 1921.

https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/42956 

Near the junction of Grantham Road & Sleaford Road with the former Saint John's Hospital visible in the background.

DB 20 February 2019

Bracebridge Heath, War memorial
Bracebridge Heath, Aircraft Hangars
Bracebridge Heath, Aircraft Hangars
Bracebridge Heath, Aircraft Hangars

The Belfast Truss roof was a novel form of construction that used laminated wooden lattice-braced roof trusses to provide a large clear span which was (27 m here) to accommodate aircraft.

This site was originally the aerodrome of Robey & Co Ltd but it became No 4 Aircraft Acceptance Park.

In WWII AV Roe repaired damaged Lancaster bombers here and latterly it was used as a road haulage depot.

The hangars, which dated to 1916, were demolished in 2001.
 

Chris Lester, 2000

 

Bracebridge Heath, Belfast, Robey, aircraft, hangar, Roe,
Bracebridge Heath, Manor Farm
Bracebridge Heath, Manor Farm
Bracebridge Heath, Manor Farm

Both farmhouise and farm buildings date from the early nineteenth century.

Pearl Wheatley 2012

Bracebridge Heath, Manor Farm
Bracebridge Heath, Manor Farm, Boot Scraper
Bracebridge Heath, Manor Farm, Boot Scraper
Bracebridge Heath, Manor Farm, Boot Scraper

Boot scraper at a cart shed on Manor Farm.

Pearl Wheatley, 2012

Bracebridge Heath, Manor Farm, boot scraper