Nottingham Hospitals History

Wednesday 18th March, 1903

the date of the official opening


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 people.

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.

As reported in the following Saturday’s Nottingham Evening News, dated 21st March,1903