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Report - East Fortune Hospital, Berwick 15/02/08

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by **Mudlark**, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. **Mudlark**

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    East Fortune Airfield was built in 1915 as part of a network to protect Britain from German Zeppelin airship attack during the First World War.
    The airfield was a base for both fighter aircraft to destroy the Zeppelins, and British airships which operated in a coastal defence role.
    In 1922, a number of buildings and a portion of land were given over to create the East Fortune Hospital. This acted as a tuberculosis sanatorium for the whole of the south east of Scotland.
    For the duration of World War II, the airfield was brought back into service, primarily as a training base and the hospital patients were transferred to Bangour Hospital in West Lothian. I can’t imagine it being much fun convalescing on the outskirts of an airfield, can you?!
    After the War the hospital was re-instated, but by 1956 the number of tuberculosis patients began to decrease and the hospital changed its function to house mentally handicapped children, with similarly diagnosed adults being admitted 3 years later.
    The hospital finally closed in 1997 and the remaining patients were transferred to Roodlands Hospital. It has stood derelict ever since. Possibly due to its fairly rural location it has stayed realitivly intact over the years, with little damage other than rot and damp.

    Anyhow, enough waffle from me!
    It seemed a good day for a road trip so a couple of us from oop north set out early in the winter sunshine, and accompanied only by birdsong and the occasional dog walker, commenced in what turned out to be the perfect Sunday explore!!

    Enjoy!

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    #1 **Mudlark**, Feb 15, 2009
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