Sunnyside Hospital / Montrose Asylum, Scotland

A Scottish asylum with plenty of interesting features remaining, including original cells, a nice hall and plenty of featureful corridors.

Sunnyside Hospital / Montrose Asylum, Hillside, Scotland
 

Sunnyside Royal Hospital, originally called the Montrose Asylum, was a psychiatric hospital located north of Montrose in Scotland.

Sunnyside was the second site for the local psychiatric hospital in Angus. The original Montrose Asylum, which was the first asylum in Scotland, was funded by public subscription established by local woman Susan Carnegie and opened in 1781. Expanding patient numbers led to the purchase of a new site in Hillside and the current hospital buildings opened in 1857.

Archive image of Sunnyside Hospital / Montrose Asylum when the building was in use

Archive image of Sunnyside Hospital / Montrose Asylum when the building was in use

The 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. Two new buildings – Howden Villa (1901) and Northesk Villa (1904) – were added. Additional staff were recruited and the Westmount Cottages were built in 1905 to house them. In 1911 the lease of Sunnyside Farm expired and over 52 acres were purchased for £4500. A further development was the addition of Angus House, which was built in 1939 to accommodate elderly patients suffering from dementia.

From the 1970s, advances in psychiatric care and greater community resources, including supported accommodation and the set up of three community mental health teams in the 1990s, led to reduced patient numbers and the closure of some of the buildings on the Sunnyside site.

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose - One of the glass corridors

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose – One of the glass corridors

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose - Yellow ward upstairs

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose – Yellow ward upstairs

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose - Row of cell doors

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose – Row of cell doors

Sunnyside Hospital - Cell doors

Sunnyside Hospital – Cell doors

Sunnyside Hospital / Montrose Asylum, Hillside, Scotland

Sunnyside Hospital – Corridor of cells

Sunnyside Hospital - Doors through doorway

Sunnyside Hospital – Doors through doorway

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose - View down ward corridor

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose – View down ward corridor

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose - Peely paint in one of the cells

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose – Peely paint in one of the cells

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose - Ward with original cells

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose – Ward with original cells

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose - Curtains and fireplace on an old ward

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose – Curtains and fireplace on an old ward

Sunnyside Hospital - Inside a cell

Sunnyside Hospital – Inside a cell

Sunnyside Hospital - Entrance corridor

Sunnyside Hospital – Entrance corridor

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose - Main entrance hallway

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose – Main entrance hallway

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose - Curtains hanging inside a small open ward

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose – Curtains hanging inside a small open ward

Sunnyside Hospital - Curtains still hanging on another ward

Curtains still hanging on another ward

Sunnyside Hospital - Corridor

Sunnyside Hospital – Corridor

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose - Hydrotherapy bath

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose – Hydrotherapy bath

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose - Sluice room

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose – Sluice room

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose - Dining room

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose – Dining room

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose - Dining hall

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose – Dining hall

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose - The grand hall with stage at one side

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose – The grand hall with stage at one side

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose - View down the hall

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose – View down the hall

Sunnyside Hospital - Backdrop on the stage

Sunnyside Hospital – Backdrop on the stage

Sunnyside Hospital - Grand wooden-panelled room

Sunnyside – Grand wooden-panelled room

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose - Room by the hall

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose – Room by the hall

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose - Piano and sewing machines in an older part of the building

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose – Piano and sewing machines in an older part of the building

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose - Nature creeping in to a conservatory

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose – Nature creeping in to a conservatory

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose - View over the glass corridors and one of two rotundas

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose – View over the glass corridors and one of two rotundas

Sunnyside Hospital - Left half of a rotunda

Sunnyside Hospital – Left half of a rotunda

Sunnyside Hospital - Right half of a rotunda

Sunnyside Hospital – Right half of a rotunda

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose - Split view of glass walkway corridor

Sunnyside Asylum, Montrose – Split view of glass walkway corridor





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