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Report - Sunderland Boys Orphanage, August 2011


off the wall
Regular User
A long time gazed at... a long time recced, and a long time coming..

Finally getting into this place really disappointed. Being a Grade II listed building, it is apparently waiting to be opened again to care for the adults with learning disabilities, but judging by the state of it inside and the lack of upkeeping I severely doubt anything will become of it to be honest.
The last I heard of the placs for the place was this:


which was two years ago.... since then , it has literally been left to decay.
It is now home only to pigeons.... seriously tons of them, and will take a hell of a lot of funding to make this place habitable again... Sunderland Council (who owns it) take note... you have yet again left another notable building in our city to slowly rot.

Didnt take many photos, and the ones on here do not show the half of the ruin inside that this place has become.
I seriously hope something will be done about it.

Sunderland's East End orphan asylum was founded in 1853, it was a purpose built building for the children of seafarers. The name changed in the 1930,s to 'Sunderland Boys Orphanage'

Taken from 'wearside online' :-​
Sunderland East End orphan asylum was founded in 1853, it was a purpose built building for the children of seafarers. With the help of the Bishop of Durham and the Freemen of Sunderland the orphanage was opened on Thursday 17th October 1861. The orphanage was equipped to take 40 boys at a time and despite the strict rules and regulations it was always full. The first Master of the orphanage was Mr John Clark, another was Mr George King but the title of asylum would not be erased until the 1930's, when Captain Hague became Master and called it the 'Sunderland Boys Orphanage'. The orphanage uniform was a sailor suit but it was not until 1936 that long trousers were introduced, even so the stigma of having to live in the orphanage was always with the boys, as no matter where they went, the uniform would tell people where the boys had come from.​