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Brief description of site

Rauceby Hospital was a mental hospital designed by George T Hine, with grounds and gardens laid out by William Goldring in 1900. The layout featured airing courts, a chapel, a conservatory and a shelter. The hospital closed in the late-1990s and the site is currently (2008) being redeveloped for housing.

Brief history of site

The Kesteven County Lunatic Asylum was designed in 1898 by the asylum designer George T Hine, the ward pavilions being laid out in echelon arrangement to form a broad arrow plan. In 1899, Mr R Lloyd was engaged to advise on the planting and layout of the grounds and roads. He resigned due to ill health, and William Goldring took the post in July 1900, producing a layout plan the following month. Over the following six years the plan was executed largely to Goldring's design and under his supervision. Much of the landscaping, particularly the planting, was carried out by the male patients as a part of their therapy.

Location information:

Address: Rauceby Hospital, Grantham Road, Quarrington, near South Rauceby, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 8XT

Locality: Sleaford

Local Authorities:

Lincolnshire; North Kesteven; South Rauceby

Historical County: Lincolnshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 130 Grid Ref: TF041440
Latitude: 52.9832 Longitude: -0.450867

Key information:

Form of site: airing court

Context or principal building: asylum

Site first created: 1898 to 1906

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

Site Size (Hectares): 50

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