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Interior View of Wash House Digital image of E/4777

SC 749527

Description Interior View of Wash House Digital image of E/4777

Date c. 1902

Catalogue Number SC 749527

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of E 4777

Scope and Content Wash house, Craig Dunain Hospital (Northern Counties District Lunatic Asylum), Leachkin Road, Inverness, Highland Craig Dunain, originally known as Inverness District Asylum, was opened as the third District Asylum in Scotland in 1864. This vast, red sandstone Victorian institution was built on a magnificent site overlooking Inverness and the Moray Firth and was designed by Aberdeen architect, James Matthews. This shows the wash house which formed part of the laundry facilities situated in a separate building behind the main hospital. The laundry consisted of a superintendent's office, wash house, ironing room, day room and dormitory accommodation for 30 staff. A more enlightened view towards the treatment of lunatics emerged in the latter part of the 18th century. Inverness had attempted to build Scotland's eighth Royal Asylum in 1843, but the £4,500 raised was insufficient and patients continued being treated in the local Infirmary until the District Asylum was built. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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