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by Benjamin Brown (subscribe)
Recent MSc graduate in ‘Film, Exhibition and Curation’ at the University of Edinburgh and seasoned freelance writer for online journals. Specialise in writing arts and culture related content including film reviews. Based in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Published March 26th 2017
Bangour Village Hospital: West Lothian's lost community
Last weekend I went on a wee jaunt to a little known place called Bangour. I know what you're thinking, that's in Wales right? Wrong.

Located just a short bus journey away from Edinburgh, Bangour Village Hospital was once the site of a sprawling complex dedicated to providing luxury psychiatric care that boasted its own working farm, shop, large church and even a railway line. A line of trees now stand where the train tracks once were, and in place of what was formerly the train station sits a weather-beaten old shack that had at one stage been reused as a cricket pavilion.

Featuring numerous large and imposing buildings scattered within a barren, lifeless landscape, Bangour is an eerie, atmospheric place and somewhere that carries its own distinctly morbid kind of attraction. Long since abandoned and at nature's mercy, all that still remains intact are the memories, the spectral traces of a community lost in time, gone but not forgotten.


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Why? A unique, unusual place of interest just outside Edinburgh.
Where: Wester Dechmont, Dechmont EH52 6LL
Cost: Free
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