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Thread: Royal Sunnyside Hospital Sept '17

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    April 2012

    Default Royal Sunnyside Hospital Sept '17

    (Blatantly ripped from Wiki as short on time and laptop prob gona crash again)

    Some Sunnyside history...

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

    In 1834, the Governors of the asylum, carrying out the wishes of Mrs Carnegie (who had strongly advocated the appointment of a medical specialist in insanity) appointed the phrenologist (a person that uses a pseudo medicine based on the belief that mental faculties and character traits are indicated by the configurations of their skull, its shape and size etc...I knew someone that had an unusually large head but their brain was very small, hence blowing that theory out the water) William A.F. Brown as medical superintendent.

    Browne was to prove an inspired choice and an energetic and resourceful leader. He regarded public education as part of his duties, and gave a series of lectures which became enormously popular and influential. In 1837, five lectures were published together under the title ďWhat Asylums Were, Are and Ought To BeĒ; this book came to the attention of the Dumfries philanthropist Elizabeth Crichton. She travelled to Montrose, interviewed Browne and offered him the equivalent post at the Crichton Royal in Dumfries. Crichton offered Browne a raise from £150 to £350 per annum. Browne was succeeded at Montrose by Richard Poole, an early psychiatric historian, and, later, by Dr James Howden, who identified cases of pellagra in the asylum.

    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. This situation required additional building work to be undertaken. Consequently, two new buildings - Howden Villa (1901) and Northesk Villa (1904)- were added to the facility. Additional staff were required to care for the additional patients and the Westmount Cottages were built in 1905 to house them. In 1911 the lease of Sunnyside Farm finally expired and over 52 acres were purchased for the sum of £4500. A further development was the addition of Angus House, which was built in 1939 to accommodate elderly patients suffering from dementia.

    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. In addition, the Mental Health (Scotland) Act of 1960 also significantly altered legislation in respect of mental illness and reduced the grounds on which someone could be detained in a mental hospital.
    The archives of the hospital are held by Archive Services, University of Dundee as part of the NHS Tayside archive.

    The site was officially closed in late 2011 and most patients were sent to a new £20 million build at Stracathro Hospital (also in Angus) - 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.

    Sunnyside has been sold by the NHS and is currently awaiting redevelopment. Some of the outbuildings and less aesthetically pleasing buildings will be demolished but the main building will thankfully be retained.

    The explore...

    I have wanted to explore this beautiful building for over five years, but I never really thought Iíd get the chance to be honest. I have seen some amazing images of the place and each time I saw more photographs of it I yearned to see it all the more. I had never been to Scotland before and a 1,000 mile round trip kind of put me off a bit, especially as Iíd read reports of so many failed attempts and instant captures... my heart was definitely up for the trip, but could my little motor handle the distance without a service for over 50,000 miles or my head handle a failure

    My good mate Dez was going up to Scotland for a ďnormal family holiday with his missus and kids,Ē so I politely mentioned to him that I never wanted to hear from him again, ever, unless he did a full recce of the spectacular Sunnyside for me. I gave him a strict brief; film every bloody door and window, walk around the perimeter...twice... then do it again, get every dam angle on the place, I needed a virtual tour, I warned him, ďDonít be giving me no noisey, shaky blurred bulshit, your not doin a youtube vid now, I need clarity, I need to know whatís goin on, sort it...pleaseĒ. Heís shown me picís from fb that others had put up on Sunnyside, now it was HIS time... he was to stop winding me up and do something f00kin useful!!!

    Well, to my utter astonishment, total disbelieve and sheer flabbergastedness I got a Whatsapp vid the next morning of Dez and his son Jack waltzin about the site and floating through an open window, hovering up a staircase and drifting into one of the corridors. WTF??? This was only meant to be a recce!!! How was this possible??? I was more confused than usual. Was this real? Had he faked it? Could he be sooo cruel??? I didnít understand wtf was going on, there was no helpline that could possibly explain this, my phone had come apart from my intense grip, the back had come off and the battery had dropped out, my heart was racing me head was a mess, it had gone too far...I just had to get there, like NOW!!! But first I had to wind up a few others that I knew wanted to go too Iím not mean lol the few folks that have been silly enough to give me their numbers I txt them the access details...then byeee Iím off to Scotland!

    After a mediocre 9hr drive, stopping just the once to have a quick caffeine fix and 40 roll ups I was there! The moment I had been nervously cherishing had finally arrived! I had waited five years for this!

    By now it was 6pm and the sun was just setting to the rear of the ominous main building. Itís glorious stone was in shade, I took a few shots and looked for the way in. The access from the video had now been sealed, I NEEDED to find a new way in, and to my surprise and relief I did. But it was too late for any shots now, the light had gone, so I headed back to my car to crash out for the night. I was so overwhelmed thinking about the next morning, that I had actually forgotten that I had booked a B&B for my first night, yup, I was trying to put out the thoughts from my head of waking up two inches shorter and with several fused vertebrae from kipping in my KA, which has become standard practice for me, that I neglected to realise I had booked a comfy bed 10 miles down the west coast. So off I flew, ooOoo a B&B, Iíve never experienced such urbex luxury, now I had booked meself into me own little room, I was starting to feel like a grown up now

    2am the fire alarm rang out...I woke up, didnít know where the f00k I was, fumbled around for the light switch whilst trying to get dressed, grabbed me camera, then made my way outside onto the wet pavement. I was the only c@%t there. Nobody else could be arsed to leave their rooms. Then the owner came jogging along from the house up the road...ĒSomeoneís been bloody smoking in their rooms againĒ he kinda laughed but looked pissed. I stood there with my trousers on inside out trying to smoke a wet roll up, I was knackered and could have done without this shit...but then I thought to myself, hey wtf, Iím off to Sunnyside in the morning, then everything suddenly felt good

    Thanks Dez for your video, as without watching it I probably wouldnít have made the effort to have ventured the mission through fear of failure

    There are quite a lot of picís here, but I am very passionate about this place, and they will just end up sitting on my external hard drive and thatís a very gloomy place to be

    So I hope you enjoy lookin at Scotlandís finest asylum...

    The very impressive main building

    sunnyside 2 099 by Pretty Vacant, on Flickr

    Some of the wards and corridors...

    sunnyside 1 398 by Pretty Vacant, on Flickr

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    I noticed that all of the clocks within the main building stopped at around 11.10

    sunnyside 1 1416 by Pretty Vacant, on Flickr

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    The hairdressers

    sunnyside 1 1715 by Pretty Vacant, on Flickr

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    This ďpuzzle wheelchairĒ came with no instructions or fixtures, so took me about 10 minutes to reassemble and ďbalanceĒ in the correct way. If I had sneezed it would have blown apart.

    sunnyside 1 1747 by Pretty Vacant, on Flickr

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    When I look at this shot now I can have a little laugh about it, but it wasnít so funny at the time! I was trying to get the camera to see what my eye could see...I wanted that little silver door knob reflected three times in the broken mirror fragments, (ok, donít ask me why, nufink makes much sense to me anymore) so I could see this easily this, but getting the lens to view it this way was a total nightmare lol. I was adjusting the tripod and head literally in millimetres at a time, for well over 10 minutes, yeah longer than the wheelchair puzzle. I had finally got it right, when crash! The door flung open and 3 lads steamed in on their phones talkin shite...I looked around, I was proper pissed, I think they could tell hahaha...before I could say anything they had gone. I hadnít seen anyone for the first 4hrs in there it was lovely, then the place got busy, bumped into a couple of decent local lads, but mainly twats, English twats Iím ashamed to say, gutted the locals didnít catch up with them as Iím sure they wuda stopped smashing the windows and kicking the doors in that I could hear getting trashed from a distance.

    sunnyside 2 252 by Pretty Vacant, on Flickr

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    I didnít think I should put the same pigeon shot in Mikeymutt

    sunnyside 2 365 by Pretty Vacant, on Flickr

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    Pretty Vacant, on Flickr

    One of the workshops...

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    If you looked up inside that little door, it is a really tight squeeze, but there is an internal ladder running up the inside of the flue. The hole you can climb up is much narrower than the width of the chimney so itís rather deceiving, it would be a tight squeeze for the slimmest of people. When I was outside getting some externals I saw some dude standing on the top of the chimney and when I realised how he had got up there it freaked me out a bit

    sunnyside 1 1592 by Pretty Vacant, on Flickr

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    Into the amazing hall...

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    My neck still hurts from getting this shot as my cameraís LCD isnít articulated, my live view is too unreliable at focusing and I couldnít lie on the floor as it was covered in pigeon shit

    sunnyside 1 1311 by Pretty Vacant, on Flickr

    Where the hospital radio was located

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    Mortuary and Chapel of Rest

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    The Chapel

    sunnyside 2 438 by Pretty Vacant, on Flickr

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    I hope you have enjoyed looking at this wonderful place, I loved every minute of it there and would jump at the chance of a revisit

    Well this is my final post of the year folks, thanks everyone for your comments over the last 12 months, I really appreciate any feedback, Iím not a snowflake, so just say what you think

    Happy New Year to explorerís everywhere, be lucky and stay safe in 2018

    Catch up laters...byeeee

  2. Thanks given by: andylen, Brewtal, Ferox, Hugh Jorgan, Ipcre55, jsp77, krela, Lolz101, Luise, Mikeymutt, Missymoo16, oldscrote, Pincheck, RevConroy, Rubex, The Archivist, thorfrun, wolfism
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    December 2017


    I love this, old hospitals like this were built so well, and this really shows in the photos. It is such a shame they're not looked after as heritage rather than being turned into stupid flats...
    I love these photos, they capture a real spirit to the place.

    This has now been added to my wishlist, alongside St Joseph's in Upholland - which is a bit further from me... But still a boy can dream.
    Last edited by krela; 1st Jan 18 at 09:22. Reason: Please do not quote entire reports in your replies.

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    December 2014


    Absolutely stunning! This is a rare beast, aren't many asylums/hospitals like this left. Your composures are spot on too, really make for fantastic images!

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    September 2011


    Outstanding report there PV!
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    September 2015


    Finally!!! Well worth the wait! Absoluelty stunning report and pics, nice to see some different bit and different angles too. You did a damn fine job of covering the place, and I am absolutely not jealous at all! :D

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    February 2015
    Aberdeen, Scotland


    You've done well with this one. Sunnyside Hospital is still my favourite and you've covered a bit more. There is an website with before photos of Sunnyside if you're interested.
    Memories Of Sunnyside - Scotland's Oldest Asylum
    When the going gets tough - the tough get going.

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    October 2013


    You came away with some lovely shots from there pv.i can see where your excitement was coming from for here.i was the same having wanting to see it for a while.its such a beautiful building ain't it.i loved every min in there and wished we had longer.i missed the workshops which I was quite sad about as they look nice
    I like to go where others fear to tread.

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    July 2017
    Bristol, United Kingdom


    stunning photos and such detail. Nice one PV!
    "Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore."

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    May 2015


    Amazing!! Love everything about it :)

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    December 2015


    Awesome! Would love to go

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