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Soul Asylum

By JamesBurns
Sunderland Borough Asylum was completed in 1895 to a design by GT Hine, an architect known in the era for revolutionising the layout of hospitals caring for the mentally ill. Situated on the coast, it was not uncommon for asylums to be located away from major population centres - both because the fresh air was believed to have curative properties, but also to insulate the community at large from any possible disturbances.

The main building of this particular hospital closed in 1998 and has since fallen into disrepair. Since this image was taken in 2006, there have been a number of fires within the building, which is now scheduled for demolition, pending redevlopment of the site.

Tags: Architecture Black and white

Voters: Zonda, Anthony, Jemzull and 18 more

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Zonda 12 303 1
10 Jul 2009 7:02PM
Lovely old place.....Turn it into flats....or are those days gone forever, now that 'Labour' has been usurped.
Jemzull 12 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2009 7:23PM
Oooo rather creepy haha, great image love this in b+w Tongue
redstag 15 100 15 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2009 7:45PM
Superb mono, love the high strong contrast used.
10 Jul 2009 7:55PM
Great balance of light and shade i think
Witchery 12 35
10 Jul 2009 8:45PM
Nice snap, reminds me of my sons bedroom.
costas 14 2 2 Greece
24 Oct 2009 4:46PM
Very good shot, nice tones
jackson8472 13 11 1 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2010 9:41PM
fantastic shot my friend! youre correct with my loc. for "end of an era" shot on my p/f.
thank you
Sean_Dillon 12 2 2 England
22 Jan 2010 9:12AM
Great B&W image here, First thought myself was St Marys at Stannington, but I guess they all must have the same feel about them. Cracking title too.

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