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Report - Bangour Village Hospital, West Lothian, October 2011

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by catbalou, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. catbalou

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    Had no idea about this place until Magpie423 mentioned it and seeing as we were in the area decided to visit it. the place reminded me a lot of Prudhoe... similar plan of layout, but it makes for a lovely walk around as the place is huge.
    the admin block was the building we managed to get into to have a look around.

    The History Bit...
    Standing in over 900 acres, the site was purchased in 1902 by the Edinburgh Lunacy Board and in 1906 Bangour Hospital was officially opened by the Earl of Roseberry. Modelled on the Alt Scherbitz asylum in Leipzig, the hospital represents one of the first colony plan psychiatric hospitals in Scotland. In the 1990's more and more of the villas were closing down and the last villa closed in 2000.

    From Bangour - the online guide: -
    Bangour was at the forefront of psychiatric medicine and became a teaching ground for doctors and nurses. So much so that a nurses accomodation was constructed so that the nurses could live and and breathe their work. Sadly in the 1980s, with the advent of new technology and scientific findings, the need for an entire village dedicated to psychiatric medicine became less and less. By the 1990s only a few villas (or wards) were still active. Bangour Village Hospital finally closed it's doors 100 years after it was originally concieved, with Villa 32 the last villa to close in 2000.





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