(All images by James Perry, reproduced with permission)
The Bangour Village abandoned hospital site lies west of Dechmont in West Lothian, Scotland. Derelict since 2004, the psychiatric unit admitted patients for around 100 years before local hospitals offering integrated services caused it to close.
Representing one of Scotland’s first “colony” plan psychiatric facilities, the grounds of the hospital included a hall, workshop, school and library alongside accommodation villas which housed around 30 patients each. During both the First and Second World Wars, the site was converted into an emergency medical hospital, returning to a psychiatric facility after and between the wars.
The abandoned site is now overrun with weeds, broken furniture and “Danger” signs, with most of the entry ways sealed-off with bricks. Some of the buildings remain in good condition, with 13 of them standing as category A listed buildings.
Since its closure, Bangour Village Hospital has been used as the setting for the film The Jacket, starring Adrian Brody, as well as for counter-terrorist exercises run by the Scottish Government. Plans to develop the site for residential usage have so far been rejected.
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