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Location DB > Scotland > Aberdeenshire > Banchory > Glen O' Dee Sanatorium
Glen O' Dee Sanatorium
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created by lost on 4/28/2005 8:34 PM
last modified by Desertify Urbex on 4/20/2017 10:04 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.

 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Difficult (sorta)
Recommendation: drop everything - must see
 Physical Information
Corsee Road
Banchory, Aberdeenshire
Owner: NHS Trust
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • air quality
  • no quick or easy way to exit the building
  •  Interesting Features
    The almost intact interior, countless stained glass windows, and although there isn't much in the way of fittings left what's there is worth seeing. Unique design.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • wooden boarding
  • modern hospital directly behind, dummy CCTV cameras
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1901
    Closed: 1995
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  • flashlight
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    The first sanatorium in Scotland and based on a German sanatorium, Nordrach-in-Baden, the building was also referred to as 'Nordrach-on-Dee'. The site was chosen due to its sunny and mild location (for Scotland anyway). The hospital was constructed with Black Forest timbers - which I suppose is fair since it was a German design. The hospital closed as a TB sanatorium in 1928 until it was re-opened six years later as a hotel with the following write-up: "The Royal Deeside Hotel is in every way a perfect holiday centre. For sportsmen too, who are attracted by moor or river, it is an ideal centre. Within the grounds are secluded walks, a mashie course, putting greens and facilities for lawn games; tennis, bowls and all facilities for shooting and fishing. The winter climate is unusually mild." Strangely no mention of it being a TB sanatorium six years before. With WW2 in swing the hospital was used to house troops, and afterwards it was used again as a TB sanatorium, but limited to servicemen and women. It became a convalescent hospital in 1955 but again reverted to its role as a sanatorium in 1964 during the Aberdeen typhoid epidemic. Its last use began in 1990 as an old people's home and the building has been abandoned since 1995.

    Glen O' Dee Hospital was gifted to the people of Scotland by the Red Cross but is now being sold by the NHS to the highest bidder.

    Burned to the ground by a fire 10/14/16. See link:

     Media Coverage
    Featured on BBC2's "Restoration" programme, sadly it didn't win in its category.

    Fire coverage:
     Future Plans
    For sale.

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     Photo Galleries
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    Historic photos
    Fri, Apr 29th, 2005
    posted by lost
    2 pictures
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    Recce, 11th April
    Fri, Apr 29th, 2005
    posted by lost
    10 pictures
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    Trespassers will be prosecuted
    Sun, Jul 24th, 2005
    posted by lost
    51 pictures
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    Paint fun by rainman
    Sun, Jul 31st, 2005
    posted by rainman8889
    1 pictures

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    Category Rating
    Photography 6 / 10
    Coolness 6 / 10
    Content Quality 6 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Explorer Zero on 4/21/2017 2:18 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Apr 21 17 at 2:18, Explorer Zero validated this location
  • on Apr 20 17 at 22:04, Desertify Urbex changed the following: History, Status, Media Coverage
  • on Nov 13 05 at 14:08, lost changed the following: History, Interesting Features, Web Links
  • on Sep 20 05 at 1:38, lost changed the following: Security Measures, Future Plans
  • on Aug 22 05 at 9:37, lost changed the following: Display Name
  • on Aug 22 05 at 9:36, lost changed the following: Display Name
  • on Aug 18 05 at 12:49, lost updated gallery picture glenodee1990.jpg
  • on Aug 18 05 at 12:45, lost updated gallery Historic photos
  • on Aug 14 05 at 2:08, lost changed the following: History, Interesting Features, Security Measures
  • on Aug 14 05 at 2:04, lost made this location private
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