The Abbey

This house and it grounds are now Whiteabbey Hospital.

The beautiful house was built in 1855 – an imposing two-storey, Italianate stucco house. It was designed by Sir Charles Lanyon, as a private residence for Richard Davison MP. It was later sold to Lanyon who resided there for the remainder of his life. He died, after a protracted illness here in 1889.

After 1897 plans for a ‘hydropathic institution and pleasure resort’ fell through, the house for sold in the early 20th century for use as a sanatorium. It was later converted into an administration block which meant internal alterations. The building is currently empty and in a sorry state.