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Built some time soon after 1906, the Nurse’s Home (on the left) at the now abandoned Bangour Village Hospital on the outskirts of Dechmont Village, West Lothian, Scotland. On the right, connected by a low link, is the 1931 extension built in a similar style.

Bangour Village Hospital was a Psychiatric Hospital built as a functional village on a 960 acre site, officially opened in October 1906, although the first patients had been admitted in June 1904. The hospital closed in 2004.

The hospital was modelled on the Alt Scherbitz asylum of the 1870s, near Leipzig in Germany, and represents one of the first “colony” plan Psychiatric Hospitals in Scotland. The Bangour institution comprised more than 30 individual villas which would house approximately 30 patients each. The village also incorporated its own Railway Station, a Farm, Bakery, Workshops, Recreation Hall, School, Shop, Library, and latterly, a multi-denominational Church.

The closed hospital was used as a filming location for the 2005 film The Jacket, starring Keira Knightley and Adrian Brody.

Bangour Village Hospital is an Historic Scotland Category A Listed Group of Buildings (HB Number 6588).

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Two RAW images, individually converted to HDR in Photomatix Pro then PhotoMerged in Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.

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Related shots can be found at: Lowland Scotland.

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  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansover 2 years ago

    Now that’s a gorgeous place Tom….

  • Thank you so much Lyn …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Don Alexander Lumsden (Echo7)
    Don Alexander ...over 2 years ago

    Very cool Tom. Well done bud. I love Bangour. Were heading back out there soon to meet up with two guys. These guys have a eagle owl, 2 buzzards & 3 eagles between them. We will be doing a hunting shoot if you fancy it.

  • Cheers Don, sounds like that could be fun, let me know when and I will come along if I can …

    – Tom Gomez

  • vadim19
    vadim19over 2 years ago

    wonderful capture, Tom!

  • Very much appreciated Vadim …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Tim Denny
    Tim Dennyover 2 years ago

    Like the composition you work here Tom

  • Thank you so much Tim …

    – Tom Gomez

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture and history!

  • Thank you kindly Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 2 years ago

    Wonderful!!!

  • Thank you so much LoriLee …

    – Tom Gomez

  • WalnutHill
    WalnutHillover 2 years ago

    I think we should all get together and buy it and turn it into an artists’ studio compound …. we can all live there like the Nazarenes and make art and get on each others’ nerves!!! I’ll be happy to do the dinner cooking!!!
    It is a beautiful complex…. too beautiful to be abandoned. ;-D
    >blows kiss<

    Jan

  • I agree, too beautiful to be allowed to fall down. This is only one of the listed buildings on this 960 acre site, there are more than 20 buildings, most are large Villas, but there is also a church. 13 of the buildings are grade A listed. Sadly, I think the fact that thre are so many listed buildings is what puts developers off. The buildings have been rotting away over the last 8 years, I suspect the developers will be happy when they have deteriorated to the point that all you can do is pull them down.

    – Tom Gomez

  • Fara
    Faraover 2 years ago

    Great image or an impressive building…………….the history is fascinating…………….God only knows what went on in places like this……………..interesting Tom!!

  • So pleased you like it dear Joyce. Actually I do know what went on in this hospital, at least over the last 35 years as my wife (Sylvia) worked there as a Nursing Assistant. During her time there she worked in almost all of the Villas. Bangour was regarded as a model of enlightenement at the forefront of psychiatric medicine and became a teaching ground for doctors and nurses. 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.

    – Tom Gomez

  • Dave Callaway
    Dave Callawayover 2 years ago

    It always amazes me the beauty of the buildings that often housed dark pasts.. beautiful capture Tom.. beautiful building.. :-))

  • Thank you so much Dave …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 2 years ago

    I’ve just spent over an hour poring over a map of Edinburgh and surrounds. Thanks for the push, Tom, love these old buildings!

  • Thank you so much Mel, let me know if you ever manage to get over here …

    – Tom Gomez

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