Nottingham Hospitals Archives 2011
1896: 31st March 64 acres of vacant land at Bagthorpe was purchased to build the new Workhouse Infirmary.
In the same year, the Guardians sent out building specifications to five competing architects who had shown a keen interest in designing the workhouse and infirmary. Of the five competing architects, the architect who won the design contract was Arthur Marshall of Marshall and Turner of Angel Row, Nottingham. The second place was awarded to Messrs Brewhill and Bailly, also of Angel Row, and the third place was awarded to Messrs’ R. C. Sutton of Bromley Place, Nottingham. Finally, the building contract went to Messrs’ Hodson and Son, of Nottingham.
Laying of the Foundation Stone April 17th 1899
1899: 17th April The foundation stone to the Bagthorpe Workhouse and Infirmary was laid.
The foundation stone to the workhouse was laid by Councillor Charles Smith located outside today’s former Nottingham City Hospital Trust Headquarters; where as the foundation stone to the infirmary was laid by Councillor Alderman John Jelly.
In a speech after laying the foundation stone to the infirmary Alderman Jelly said,
“Mr Charles Smith had just laid the stone at the other end of the site, but I consider the stone I have just laid to be of great importance, because this was the foundation stone of the hospital block. The time was now approaching when we will be able to do without workhouses, but this hospital would stand forever to answer a useful purpose. Old-age pensions might do away with the workhouse proper, but they couldn’t do away with illness, and I hope that this hospital would be of great benefit to the working classes of this great city.”