Forgotten places bring back memories

Artist Tanya Kennedy showing one of her paintings to former Caistor Hospital nurse Phyllis Hollings.  (Lin)

Artist Tanya Kennedy showing one of her paintings to former Caistor Hospital nurse Phyllis Hollings. (Lin)

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This month’s art exhibition at Caistor Arts and Heritage Centre has brought back memories for many local residents.

‘Forgotten Places’ by Tanya Kennedy features oil paintings of the old Caistor asylum, which has long gone except for St Laurence’s Church, which still stands proudly in the grounds of the new estate.

During the ‘Meet the Artist’ morning last Saturday, Phyllis Hollings gave some of her memories of when the hospital was in its prime.

“I started there as a trainee nurse in 1975 and worked there until just before 1990 when it closed,” she said.

“In those days it was a training hospital as well as a mental hospital. I remember it being run under the guidance of its chief executive Alan Frankish.

“The grounds were beautifully kept, the food was excellent and all the staff were very proud of the hospital.

“My mother set up a post office at the hospital; the place was a village in itself and it has been hard to see it become a ruin.”

Artist Tanya Kennedy visited the group of derelict buildings in the second year of her degree. “From the many photos I took, I selected three to paint on canvas.

“Painting is my passion and my inspiration continues to be landscape in all its intriguing forms.

“I continue to experiment in oil on canvas using different techniques to capture the way the camera records images.”

Some of Tanya’s pictures featured the hospital church, where all religions were catered for and the ministers and priests were also able to go on the wards to visit the patients.

The exhibition continues until February 23.

Call the Centre on 01472 851605 to check opening times.