Sunderland Orphan Asylum

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Sunderland Orphan Asylum was opened in 1861[1] following the Sunderland Orphan Asylum Act of 1852[2] and stands on the edge of Town Moor in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear.


The building is Grade II listed[3] as are the gates, piers and railings.[4] The initial building was funded by selling access rights to railway companies [5]



The orphanage was set up to provide an education for male orphans of seafarers. The boys were taught seamanship and wore a naval style sailot suit as a uniform[6]



Principals formed the governing body for the Asylum. They were prominent figures in the local community and included John Candlish.


John Clark George King


  1. ^ "A Look Inside Sunderland's Historic Orphanage". Sunderland Echo. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Sunderland Town Moor and Freemen's Orphan Asylum". London Gazette. London. 26 November 1852. p. 3304.
  3. ^ "Former Orphan Asylum". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Former Orphan Asylum". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  5. ^ "A Victorian Orphan Asylum". A Victorian Orphan Asylum. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Buildings in the East End - Boys Orphanage". Sunderland History. Retrieved 14 June 2013.

Coordinates: 54°54′23″N 1°22′02″W / 54.9065°N 1.3671°W / 54.9065; -1.3671