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.
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Related shots can be found at: Lowland Scotland.