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Report - Bangour Village Hospital - The Church 17/08/2007

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by hmltnangel, Aug 17, 2007.

  1. hmltnangel

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    Hey folks, thought it was about time someone added some pics of the Church in Bangour Village .

    Myself, Psychoarse and two others headed up early this morning.

    After locating our access point (me and psycho recce'd this out a few nites ago) we climbed up and in.

    What a magnificent building is all I can say. absolutely untouched by Neds or Chavs or anyone. Everything is in mint condition, the stonework is simply amazing too. The altar still stands neatly, complete with goblets and tablecloths. the curtain behind it is still fresh and looking good. Evn the carpet is in mint condition.

    Elsewhere the Bell is still intact (complete with rope) :D there are mases of poppies for rememberance day and best of all..... an intact Pipe Organ. All the Pews are there all neatly arranged and even cupboards full of bibles. There's also a fantastic centrepiece near the main entrance.

    I'm still awaiting my new Camera (another day or two now hopefully) so only my fone pics are on here...... but Psychoarse will be uploading his pics once they are developed tomorrow morning.

    [​IMG]behind the altar

    [​IMG]some of the nice stonework

    [​IMG]the organ

    [​IMG]the centrepiece

    [​IMG]music books

    [​IMG]more lovely stonework

    [​IMG]the only locked place in the entire church

    [​IMG]rememberance poppies

    [​IMG]goblets?

    [​IMG]more organ music books

    [​IMG]dont switch off the power !!!! lol

    As I said ... Psycho will add more pics later ... I could only get close detail shots as I have no proper Camera at the inute. Psycho got all the better pics :)

    And I think we even have one of the bell........
     

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  2. PsychoArse

    PsychoArse 28DL Full Member
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    Well, I think Hmltn has said it all.

    Here's a brief history of the place.

    Bangour Memorial Church, 14 miles west of Edinburgh, is a Category A listed inter-denominational place of worship situated within the grounds of Bangour Village Hospital, a psychiatric hospital serving the Lothian region of Scotland. Built between 1924-30 to the designs of Harold O Tarbolton, the church was a regular place of worship for hospital patients and staff. The building was originally conceived as a memorial to members of staff killed during the war, and to commemorate Bangour’s important role as a World War I military hospital.


    The church has been out of general use for about 15 years but it is used on occasion for special requests. Whilst inside I found a note about a funeral service held there in 2006.

    As this site is untouched when we left this morning we resealed the access to keep it that way.

    These pictures are from my digital camera, the majority of my shots were taken using my 35mm slr so I have to get those developed before I can share them with you.

    The back of the main alter
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    A small pew
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    The choir's seating area
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    Choirs gown
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    Bibles and hymn books
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    Reverse angle of the alter
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    Organ pipes
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    Access to the bell tower
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    I'll update this thread in a couple of days with better pictures I hope.

    Finally, here's an exterior shot, taken by a friend of mine.
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