Bangour Village Hospital was a psychiatric hospital located west of Dechmont in West Lothian, Scotland. It was officially opened in October 1906 (under the name Edinburgh District Asylum), over two years after the first patients were admitted in June 1904. In 1918 Bangour General Hospital was created in the grounds, but the hospital began winding down in 1989 with services being transferred to the newly built St. John’s Hospital in the Howden area of Livingston. The final ward at Bangour eventually closed in 2004.
One of the villas towards the south east corner of the site carries graffiti applied in red paint: “MY MUM PUT ME HERE!” What makes this so chilling is the knowledge that for a century this vast complex of buildings served as a mental hospital, and you cannot help but wonder about the human story behind the graffiti: and then realise that it was just one of many thousands of individual human stories that would have been played out here during the hospital’s active life.
A villa in a mental hospital? In 1902 the Edinburgh District Lunacy Board purchased the 960 acre Bangour Estate. The aim was to build what for Scotland would be a new kind of mental hospital based on the “Continental Colony” system.
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Meet Scotland’s newest bridge – the Queensferry Crossing. Opening on 30 August 2017, this elegant road bridge will link Edinburgh & The Lothians and Fife, spanning the Firth of Forth to the west of its famous neighbours, the Forth Bridge and the Forth Road Bridge.
At inlingua, we think that the internet is a great place to practise your English and learn new things. As you all know, we love vloggers and we are trying to promote our favourite local vloggers.
Today we wanted to highlight, Gavin Bell, a 22 year old multi-award winning entrepreneur & vlogger based in Edinburgh. He grew up in the Shetland Islands – the very north of Scotland. He is the founder of Blue Cliff Media , a digital marketing agency. He is an expert on Facebook advertising. For a couple of months, he has been sharing his life of the world of entrepreneurship with a weekly vlog, The Journey.
For those who are learning/practising English don’t forget to turn on the subtitles! 🙂
Exploring the Shetland Islands with Gavin:
By the way, he is a bit crazy and as you know we love crazy people!
It’s useful to learn about the different measurement systems, and interesting to find out how they came to be used. In the UK, we use a combination of imperial and metric measurements. In this lesson, Gill from engvid.com will explain the British measurements we use for height, weight, distance, and temperature.
Queuing, tea and talking about the weather. Are us Brits really that predictable? A few UK based Europeans who we spoke to seemed to think so. What’s more, they wouldn’t have it any other way. We’ll say ‘cheers’ to that.