As reported in the following Saturday 21st March’s Nottingham Evening News:
The Bagthorpe Workhouse and Infirmary was officially opened on Wednesday, March 18,
1903, the architect being Mr Arthur Marshall A.I.R.A. It occupies the site of 67
½ acres which was purchased from the Nottingham Corporation at a cost of £312,900,
and provides accommodation for 1,700 inmates. The total cost amounted to about £127,000.
In the main building for inmates in health, there is room for 624 people with provisions
for married couples. The infirmary is composed of eight pavilions with 16 large wards
for 28 beds, thus giving a total of 480 patients.
Briefly summarized the accommodation is as follows: In the main building 730, Infirmary
612, insane wards 250, which with 55 nurses and a staff of 72 gives a total of 1,692
Mr Arthur Marshall calculated that 100,000 tons of goods and materials were brought
onto the site and 13 ½ million bricks were used to build the workhouse and infirmary,
enough if placed end to end to reach from London to Constantinople (Istanbul).
There are 7 acres of roofing, and the glass used in the work would suffice to pave
half the Great Market Place, today’s Old Market Square. Draining is dealt within
7 miles of drains, and in the electric lighting department there are 2,700 light
bulbs, 40 ½ miles of electric cable, 13 miles of steel tubing, and 36,000 screws.
For the heating and hot water services 10 miles of piping have been laid and the
Nottingham Board of Guardians have the distinction of having installed apparatus
for domestic hot water supply, the circulation of which is longer than any other
in the British Isles.
The foundation stones of the workhouse were laid on 17 April, 1899 by the Chairman
of the Board of Guardians (Councillor Charles Smith) and the Chairman of the Building
Committee (Alderman John Jelly), but from the first to the last the work has been
extended over a period of six years. There was a large and influential company and
the opening ceremony on Wednesday including representatives from several provincial
Boards of Guardians.
The company assembled outside the entrance to the main block at one o’clock and Mr
Marshall the architect, presented the Chairman of the Board of Guardians with the
massive gold key, banded with perils, and suitably inscribed, wherewith to open the
doors. He also presented a duplicate in silver to the clerk (Mr Charles Muncaster
Howard). This formal act briefly performed, the party divided into four groups and
under the guidance of Mr A. Marshall, Dr. H. G. Ashwell (Medical Officer of the Workhouse),
Mr W. H. W. Foxworthy (Clerk to the Works) and Mr W. E. Tilly (Master of the Workhouse)
inspected the premises, subsequently sitting down to luncheon at the invitation of
1903: Wednesday 18th March,
The official opening of the Bagthorpe Workhouse and Infirmary.