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Cornhill Road, Royal Cornhill Hospital, Forbes of Newe Obelisk

A Category C Listed Building in Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.1553 / 57°9'19"N

Longitude: -2.118 / 2°7'4"W

OS Eastings: 392962

OS Northings: 807168

OS Grid: NJ929071

Mapcode National: GBR S8N.2Z

Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.FFP0

Entry Name: Cornhill Road, Royal Cornhill Hospital, Forbes of Newe Obelisk

Listing Date: 19 April 1984

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 354449

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20006

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdeen

County: Aberdeen

Town: Aberdeen

Electoral Ward: Midstocket/Rosemount

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

John Smith, 1830. Pink granite ashlar obelisk, square-plan base, surmounted by 3 granite steps on splayed plinth; recessed tooled grey granite panels to each elevation, commemorating John Forbes of Newe and Charles Forbes of Newe, and the building of the Royal Cornhill Asylum.

Statement of Interest

B-Group with Elmhill House and 32 Westburn Road (Asylum Lodge). The lunatic asylum in Aberdeen was established at Cornhill in 1800, so that the mentally ill patients could be treated separately from other patients. Archibald Simpson designed the main asylum building in the early 19th century, which has since been replaced and engulfed by later additions. John Forbes of Newe bequeathed ?10,000 for the building of the new hospital, so in memory of this John Smith designed the obelisk which was originally in St. Nicolas Churchyard, but was moved to the Asylum and altered by Archibald Simpson in 1838.

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