East Fortune is a village in East Lothian, Scotland located 2 miles (3 km) northwest of East Linton.
In 1922 several buildings and an area of land were used to create East Fortune Hospital. This served as a tuberculosis sanatorium for the south east region of Scotland until the onset of World War II. The airfield was then brought back into service as RAF East Fortune initially a training airfield, and the hospital patients were transferred to Bangour Hospital in West Lothian. The hospital re-opened after the war, but by 1956, as the number of tuberculosis patients began to fall, the hospital changed its function to house the mentally handicapped. In 1997, the hospital closed down, and its patients were transferred to Roodlands Hospital in Haddington.
There are two things that strike the keen explorer upon arriving at East Fortune. The first is the ease of access to the hospital site. The perimeter is surrounded by a rusty, worn metal fence that can easily be manipulated or squeezed through where the bars are missing. There is also a small cul-de-sac of housing at the east side of the site and all that separates the two is a wooden fence that is no more than 4 foot high. For someone used to spending ages looking for a way into places this was most welcome and rather odd!
The second thing is the sheer number of asbestos warning signs that litter the site. I am used to seeing this signage but not to this extent so to all readers who wish to visit I would implore that you invest in an appropriate mask that will filter this out.
Guest Post By SirHiss
Location: East Fortune, Scotland
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