Rauceby Hospital, Sleaford / Wilsford / Silk Willoughby - North Kesteven

Rauceby Hospital was designed as the Kesteven County Lunatic Asylum by renowned asylum specialist G T Hine. William Goldring's plan for the grounds was drawn up in 1900 and implemented over the next few years with inmate labour. Rauceby served as an RAF hospital during World War Two. It was here that pioneering plastic surgery was carried out for aircrew who had suffered severe burns. The hospital closed in the late 1990s and the grounds have been extensively developed for housing, which continues. The central core of the complex remains derelict and its future has yet to be secured.

Rauceby Hospital, Sleaford / Wilsford / Silk Willoughby - North Kesteven
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Rauceby Hospital
  • Heritage Category: Registered Park and Garden grade II
  • List Entry Number: 1001471
  • Local Planning Authority: North Kesteven
  • Site Type: Health and welfare > Hospital


  • County: Lincolnshire
  • District / Borough: North Kesteven
  • Parish: Sleaford / Wilsford / Silk Willoughby
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Sleaford and North Hykeham
  • Region: East Midlands

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Park and garden
  • Condition: Extensive significant problems
  • Vulnerability: High
  • Trend: Declining
  • Ownership: Commercial company, multiple owners
  • Designation: Registered Park and Garden grade II, part in CA