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Report - Sunnyside Royal Hospital - Montrose - Feb 2017


Krypton

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Bit of history..

Sunnyside Royal Hospital was a psychiatric hospital located in Hillside, north of Montrose. The hospital was originally founded in 1781 by Susan Carnegie as the Montrose Lunatic Asylum, Infirmary & Dispensary and obtained a Royal Charter in 1810.

In 1858, a new improved asylum was completed to the north of Montrose in the village of Hillside on lands of the farm of Sunnyside and the old site was vacated. This site was further developed with the construction of a new facility for private patients called Carnegie House in 1899. Despite this addition, overcrowding was a problem, as the asylum's patient numbers had grown to 670 by 1900. In 1911 the lease of Sunnyside Farm finally expired and over 52 acres were purchased for the sum of £4500.

In 1948, the National Health Service 1946 (Scotland) Act brought the hospital under control of the Eastern Regional Hospital Board. Its name was changed from the Royal Asylum of Montrose to the Royal Mental Hospital of Montrose. In 1962 it became Sunnyside Royal Hospital and came under the jurisdiction of new management. During the 1950s and 1960s, the introduction of new drugs lessened the need for prolonged admission of patients.

The site was officially closed in late 2011 and most patients were sent to a new £20 million build at nearby Stracathro Hospital - the Susan Carnegie Centre. Others were placed in the community. Sunnyside was open for 230 years before its closure, and was the oldest psychiatric hospital in Scotland.


Our visit:
We visited here on our recent Scotland trip not entirely sure what to expect. There was tons of people strolling around walking dogs so we were able to have a good mooch around the massive site before heading to have a look at some of the buildings. It's great to be able to walk through a door from one ward to another and immediately step back in time 30 years. It would have been good to have had a look at some of the other buildings but our visit was unexpectedly cut short when several vehicles from the local police force arrived. We sat it out for a bit and luckily they left, but with a security van also doing the rounds fixing and checking boards we figured a hasty exit was needed. The buildings do have PIR's and although some don't appear to be working, some of them probably are!


Main Building

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Lovely glass corridors

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Recreation Hall

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The scenery on the stage was lovely, and a sign found below from the 1980's reports that it is over 140 years old.

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My pictures from the hall all came out a bit crap. Old photos show a Pipe Organ with an ornate case sat up on the balcony.

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Radio Sunnyside

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Formal Dining Room


Modern Wards

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Old Wards

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From 1939 (courtesy of sunnyside.me.uk)

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continued..







 

Krypton

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Kitchens & Dining Hall


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Kitchens in 1939 (courtesy of sunnyside.me.uk) - it look calm, sparse and incapable of cooking for the best part of 1000 patients and staff! Notice the mixer on the LH side - it's still here..


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Admin


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I managed one shitty pic of the basement rooms underneath admin before it all started kicking off - definitely more to see down here..







The Infirmary

The Hospital Board took the decision to build an additional 60 bed Infirmary in 1886 to cope with increasing demands on the main buildings. It was completed in 1891 and appears to have been brought out of use around 1996, with some parts clearly being disused for much longer. Sadly, this building is suffering from a very bad case of dry rot with floors crumbling everywhere.


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'The Rich and the Poor meet together - the Lord is the maker of them all'

The sign above the main entrance to the Infirmary.


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Female Lounge


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Typical type dormitory


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View of the same dormitory in 1939 ( courtesy of sunnyside.me.uk)


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Infirmary Dining Hall


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The Dining Hall in a disused but clean condition taken in 2001 prior to destruction by dry rot. (courtesy of canmore.org.uk)


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Nice old glazed tiles hidden away..


Definitely more to see here - theres lots more buildings. I'd say we only covered half.

Krypton :)
 

The Lone Ranger

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Very nice, looks a great place for a stroll :thumb
 

Krypton

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Nice collection! I know it's abandoned/dilapidated now, but how much nicer did it look in the 30s before modernisation!
Completely agree - it certainly looks nice and homely and a lot less 'clinical'. Some people would never leave the asylum for the rest of their lives after being admitted so the homely surroundings were probably a good idea. Shame most of the character gets either ripped out or covered up..
 

ASOM

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Completely agree - it certainly looks nice and homely and a lot less 'clinical'. Some people would never leave the asylum for the rest of their lives after being admitted so the homely surroundings were probably a good idea. Shame most of the character gets either ripped out or covered up..
It seems to be the way in most asylums - pictures from the Victorian era through to 1930s (just pre-NHS) always seem to look like they've gone for a "homely" feel - lots of dark wood, loads of plants, flowers and soft furnishings everywhere, mirrors, paintings, vases and other decorative stuff. Then post NHS it's all bright, clean stark surfaces, vinyl flooring, the glazed tiles are painted over, architectural features and details covered-up (sometimes for practicality, like the lowered-ceilings for fire-safety and to reduce heating bills, but sometimes just modernised and changed into something much more stark and functional looking seemingly for the sake of it) and basically turned into something that looks far more like an institution, rather than the "stately home" look they seemed to have gone for in the past. I know which I'd rather spend my time in.
 

Speed

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It seems to be the way in most asylums - pictures from the Victorian era through to 1930s (just pre-NHS) always seem to look like they've gone for a "homely" feel - lots of dark wood, loads of plants, flowers and soft furnishings everywhere, mirrors, paintings, vases and other decorative stuff. Then post NHS it's all bright, clean stark surfaces, vinyl flooring, the glazed tiles are painted over, architectural features and details covered-up (sometimes for practicality, like the lowered-ceilings for fire-safety and to reduce heating bills, but sometimes just modernised and changed into something much more stark and functional looking seemingly for the sake of it) and basically turned into something that looks far more like an institution, rather than the "stately home" look they seemed to have gone for in the past. I know which I'd rather spend my time in.
Think it's the opposite really. The old pictures look very much like institutions yet as time went on they tried to make them more homely and comfortable. Alot of modernisation is purely down to the way of the times tho rather than consideration towards patients.
 

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