Bagthorpe Isolation Hospital

“Heathfield Hospital”


Bagthorpe and the surrounding area as it would have looked like at the time of purchase from the vicar of Basford.


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REPORT OF THE HEALTH COMMITTEE

AS TO THE PURCHASE OF THE LAND

AT BAGTHORPE


MONDAY, THE 1st day of JUNE

1885

The Health Committee Beg to Report: -


In pursuance of the powers conferred on your Committee, by the Town Council of the 1st day of October 1883, they opened negotiations with the Vicar of Basford for the purchase of a considerable portion of the Glebe Land on his parish, for the purpose of erecting thereon a hospital for infectious diseases. The total lands contained in the Glebe amount to 126 acres. The litigation in which the Metropolitan Asylums Board has been involved with owners of property in the neighbourhood of the Hospitals erected by that Board at Hampstead, convinced your Committee that it is indispensable (to prevent similar harassing and costly law suits) that such a quality of land should be taken as would secure the complete isolation of the hospitals, and prevent any complaint hereafter arising from their too close proximity to dwelling houses. Your Committee, therefore, were desirous of acquiring a large portion of the Glebe Land. Your Committee hound however, that the Vicar was unwilling to sell a part of the land, and that if he did consent to do so it would be only on condition that the Corporation compensated him for the injury inflicted on the residue of the Estate by the erection of a hospital for infectious diseases. This compensation, it was intimated by Your Committee, was placed by the Vicar’s advisers at the difference between the value of the residue of the Glebe Land reckoned as agricultural and building land respectively.


Negotiations were continued up to the end of 1883, when it was evident that as the Corporation possessed no compulsory powers, the only possible course opened to your Committee, was to purchase the whole of the Glebe Lands, if the same could be obtained as its fair market value.


An Agreement was accordingly concluded with the Vicar of Basford for the acquisition of the whole of the Glebe Land in the month of January, 1884, and Mr. Robert Evans of this town, land agent and surveyor, was appointed by your Committee to act on their behalf, and Mr. Thomas Smith Woolley, of Collingham, land agent and surveyor, was appointed by the Vicar to act on his behalf. Mr. Evans was instructed on no account to agree to pay more than the actual market value of the property. In the month of October in the same year these gentlemen made their award and determined that the price to be paid for the land amounted to the sum of £25,475.


The purchase was completed and the purchase money was paid into the Bank of England on the 30th day of March last.


Your Committee are assured by Mr. Evans that the price is no more than the fair market value of the land.


Your Committee are of the opinion that it was absolutely necessary to purchase the whole of the Glebe Lands, and that the price paid is fair and reasonable.


It was clearly possible to have purchases a portion of the Glebe Land and to have paid compensation for the residual land. For let it be granted that the Hospital would require only 26 acres, then if to the price of such 26 acres be added the probable difference between the agricultural and building values of the residue of the estate, the total sum to be paid for such 26 acres would have amounted to £17,000. This scheme would have left in the hands of the Vicar 100 acres of the best parts of the Glebe Lands. The present arrangement secures such further lands for the Corporation on the payment of the additional sum of little more than £8,500.


Your Committee have no doubt whatever that when the hospital has been erected, and the complete isolation established, the unfounded fear of infection will disappear, and the surplus lands may be sold (subject to suitable conditions) without the Corporation incurring any loss.


If the Council should choose to retain the land for any purpose, they can do so with the consent of the Local Government Board.


The land is steadily growing in value. The main road from the town of Bulwell Forest is now in the course of formation, (Hucknall Road) and when completed will enhance its value.


The land is at present let to Tenant Farmers at a rent of £3.00 per acre. Your Committee are negotiating with on of the tenant farmers for immediate possession of a portion of his holding to be set aside for the hospital.


Your Committee are now paying a net rental of £322 a year for the inadequate occupied by the present Smallpox Hospital, a site which does not afford sufficient space for the Fever Hospitals urgently demanded.


At the newly acquired site there will be ample room for all the Hospitals required with the necessary buildings.


The additional charge on your Committee will be about £270, even if the Corporation should decide to retain 100 acres of land in hand.


Further, the removal of the hospital will place at the disposal of the Corporation the exceedingly valuable site of the present Smallpox Hospital.


Your Committee consider that they have adopted a prudent course in concluding the above purchase and one that prove very advantageous to the town.


The designs for the Hospital have not yet been prepared, but when they are ready it is the intention of your Committee to bring up a further report to the Town Council


Dated this day 8th of May, 1885


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