Teddy Bears Day Nursery at St John’s Asylum, Lincoln
The Nursery at St John’s Asylum is a well preserved section of the hospital with minimal decay and leftover toys and other items, and even kids paintings on the walls.
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The Teddy Bears Day Nursery opened in a small part of St John’s Asylum in Bracebridge Health, long after the building ceased to be used as a hospital. St John’s Nursery was refurbished prior to its opening, and was in use until 2010 when the nursery moved to another site.
The much more recent closure means the level of decay is minimal and this section has been well preserved due to it being notoriously difficult to gain access to. There are plenty of items left over including high-chairs, baby enclosures and lots of toys. Paintings and pictures produced by the children still hang on the walls. Entering the nursery after exploring the rest of the crumbling asylum is like stepping into another world!
The little-known nursery at St Jonh’s is one of those gems that proved to be illusive. I found out about it shortly after my second visit and really wanted to take a look. I’d failed to gain access over my next visits to the site; the nursery is always sealed up tight. I knew exactly where it was – the paintings on the windows can be seen from outside – and only managed to get in on one recent visit. As usual no obvious access was available, but some lateral thinking later, and the route proved to be rather elegant!