This parish was formed in August, 1897 from Bracebridge parish is to the south. The parish only covers about 395 acres, far smaller than in earlier times. In 1881, the parish covered about 1,500 acres.
The village of Bracebridge Heath is the largest village in the parish, lying about a half mile from the River Witham. If you are planning a visit:
Bracebridge Asylum was also called "Bracebridge Heath Asylum," but its formal name was the long and cumbersome: "Lindsey and Holland Counties and Lincoln and Grimsby District Lunatic Asylum."
The Asylum has also operated under the name: "Lincolnshire County Pauper Lunatic Asylum."
The Asylum was built in 1852 on a slight rise in Bracebridge parish, on the high road to Sleaford. Originally built to house 250 inmates, it was enlarged in 1859, 1866, 1881 and 1902. The asylum grounds covered 120 acres.
The Asylum grounds were cultivated by the inmates to provide vegetables.
The Asylum's sewage was disposed of by irrigation over 10 acres of land about a half mile from the asylum.
The Asylum had a cemetery of one and half acres on the grounds, with its own mortuary chapel.
In some records, the inmates are referred to as "visitors".
The Lincolnshire Archives has some asylum records. There are admission registers from 1852 (with gaps) and lots of other records including case papers. There is a hundred year closure period.
1871: George Knollis JARVIS, chairman; A. L. MELVILLE, treasurer; Robert TOYNBEE of Lincoln, clerk; Edward PALMER, medical superintendent; J. W. MARSH, assistant medical officer; George KIRKUP, clerk and steward; Rev. Charles Christopher ELLISON, chaplain; Chester FRANK, engineer; Robert RUNACRES, head male attendant; Mrs. Sophia PECK, head female attendant; Miss Eliza SOLLITT, housekeeper.
1881: George KIRKUP, clerk and steward; Edward PALMER, superintendent and physician; J. W. MARSH, assistant medical officer; Rev. Charles Christopher ELLISON, chaplain; Robert RUNACRES, male attendant; Mrs. Sophia PEEK, female attendant; Miss Eliza SOLLITT, housekeeper.
1900: Lieut.-Col. Frances Ingram CONWAY-GORDON, Chairman; A. H. L. MELVILLE, treasurer; W. T. PAGE, jun., of Lincoln, clerk to board; George Parsons TORNEY, medical superintendent; Thomas Leonard JOHNSTON, assistant medical officer; Martha Jane GILMORE-COX, junior assistant medical officer; Charles Christopher ELLISON, chaplain; Edward B. GEORGE, clerk; John W. HARRISON, house steward; Miss Alice FRANTZ, housekeeper; John PANTON, head male attendant; Miss A. L. ROBERTS, head nurse.
1913: Henry D. SIMPSON, Chairman; A. H. L. MELVILLE, treasurer; H. E. PAGE of Lincoln, clerk to board; Thomas Leonard JOHNSTON, medical superintendent; James Morgan BARKLEY, senior assistant medical officer; Miss Jessie Sophia Beatrix HUNER, junior assistant medical officer, Rev. Ernest Stafford SMITH, chaplain; Edward B. GEORGE, clerk; Joseph W. HARRISON, house steward; John PANTON, head male attendant; Miss A. L. ROBERTS, matron.