Cherry Knowle. A most haunted asylum!
The eerie looking Cherry knowle asylum has become a magnet for paranormal enthusiasts after it was billed the "most haunted hospital in the UK". The sprawling red brick building, and gothic towers of Cherry knowle have stood silent since closure in 1998.
Attributed to the prolific Asylum Architect G.T. Hine, built between 1891 - 1895, it was originally the Sunderland Borough Asylum, then later known as Cherry Knowle Asylum/ Psychiatric Hospital.
In 1891, the Borough of Sunderland decided to construct a psychiatric facility in Ryhope due to good rail service and a scenic view of the North Sea, and from 1893 to 1895 the Sunderland Borough Asylum was constructed (also known as Sunderland Lunatic Asylum). Designed by noted asylum architect G.T. Hine, the old asylum is a prime example of the compact arrow echelon plan where wards were stepped out from the central services, similar to a Kirkbride plan (USA). There are six wards on either side of a combined chapel and recreation hall amongst the usual services, and an isolation hospital and infirmary block were added in 1902.
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