Sunderland Orphan Asylum

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The building in 2005

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 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[3] Principals formed the governing body for the Asylum. They were prominent figures in the local community and included John Candlish. Masters included John Clark and George King.

The building is Grade II listed[4] as are the gates, piers and railings.[5] The initial building was funded by selling access rights to railway companies [6]


  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. ^ "Buildings in the East End - Boys Orphanage". Sunderland History. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Former Orphan Asylum". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Former Orphan Asylum". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  6. ^ "A Victorian Orphan Asylum". A Victorian Orphan Asylum. Retrieved 18 June 2013.

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