- Rauceby Asylum was only two miles from Sleaford and had the formal name: "Kesteven County Asylum".
- In more recent times, the facility has been renamed: Rauceby Hospital.
- The Asylum, which started in 1894, but didn't open until 1897, may have first been located in Grantham.
- Grantham withdrew from the deal for the project in 1896.
- In 1897 a new building was started in Quarrington parish near Rauceby and had grounds covering 115 acres. It finished construction in 1902. It opened in June of that year to patients.
- At its peak, the asylum could hold 490 patients.
- In 1924, the institution was renamed: "Kesteven Mental Hospital".
- In 1933, the institution was renamed: "Rauceby Mental Hospital".
- In 1940, the RAF took it over and it was renamed: "No.4 RAF Hospital Rauceby". It was a Crash and Burns hospital for Lincolnshire pilots.
- The RAF left in 1947.
- It was closed in 1997, and converted to housing in 2004.
- The site is now known as "Greylees".
- There are two graveyards, separated by a farm track, opposite the old staff houses to the rear of the hopsital.
- For more information, see Simon Cornwell's web page.
- The Lincolnshire Archives has some asylum records. You should also consult the Kesteven County Council depository.
- See our Poor Law Asylums page for more information on how the asylum was used.
- The asylum included a chapel which could seat about 300 people.
- 1900: John Alfred EWAN of Grantham, medical superintendent (Note: the new facility was not yet open to patients).
- 1913: John Alfred EWAN, medical superintendent; Allen Pledger PIGGOT, assistant medical officer; Rev. Benjamin James SHAUL, chaplain; Thomas Hinman HOLDICH, clerk to the visitors; William Norman HIGHSTEAD, house steward; Mrs. Annie WILLIAMS, head nurse; Gideon DYER, head attendent; Charles MEAKIN, engineer; William CODD, farm foreman; George LAMB, head gardener.
These figures are for the Asylum inmates and staff only.
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[Last updated: 7-February-2012 - Louis R. Mills]