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How the Workhouse Was Built.

A transcription of the Workhouse sub-committee book 1899-1903.

Workhouse Sub-committee Book:

Present Mr. J Hyde in the Chair, Messrs Pritchard and Gumsell. 

The committee saw the 20 sheep recently purchased.

Upon the suggestion of the Clerk it was decided that the Farm Bailiff be furnished with a receipt book, and that in future 

he receive no moneys whatever without giving a receipt, entering the particulars of the receipt upon the counterfoil.

It was decided to 'lamp' the potatoes for use in the Workhouse when prices have strengthened.

It was decided that tha Oats be thrashed and the resulting straw used in protecting the potatoes against the weather, the Bailiff to make 

the best arrangements he can with the owner of the thrashing machine for the work & as to the time

It was resolved to purchase 8 head of cattle and to graze the aftermath on the farm the Chairman and the Bailiff to attend such market as they consider best to purchase them, their expenses to be defrayed by the Guardians.

The horse belonging to the Committee being considered much to restive and nervous for town work and being in splendid condition just now it was decided to sell it and purchase another more suitable to the requirements of the Guardians. The Chairman to decide the method & time both of selling and buying.

It was decided subject to the consent of Mr Sankey the Chairman of the New Workhouse Committee that these minutes be presented direct to the Board it being considered unnecessary to call a special meeting of that Committee to receive, & direct with regard to them 

 

Approved by Board

 

William Price    Chairman

 

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New Workhouse Committee 19th October 1899

 

Present-Mr J.W Sankey in the Chair,Messrs Hyde, Pritchard,Price,

Greensill and Boyes.

Mr A. Marshall,the Architect, was also present.

The Minutes of the last Meeting were read.

It was ordered that the cheques sent by the Builders upon applying for 

the quantities be returned, each having sent a bona fide tender, except for the cheque 

from W.E. Barlow, which is to be retained until he has signed his Contract

The Clerk reported upon his interview with the Builder.

The Clerk reported on his visit to the LOcal Government Board as to the increased borrowing 

powers necessary to cover the acceptance of the tender of Mr Barlow

The Committee went into the whole questions surrounding  the present borrowing powers of the Guardians

and the ultimate amount of loans of the Guardians are likely to reach.

It was decided to recommend the Board to appoint a deputation to wait upon the Local Government

with reference to the matters discussed, and that the Deputation consist of the Chairman of the Committee, 

the Architect and the Clerk.

Mr Barlow, the lowest tenderer, was present: & the Committee considered generally the names of

his proposed subcontractors.

It was decided that Messrs Hodson & Sons named in the Tender as Stone Anson subcontractors be unmoved, and Mr Barlow be allowed to substitute his own name or that of Green & Sons of Nottingham.

It was decided to accept the names of Messrs Humphreys & Co. of Nottingham as Plumbers in lieu of Messrs Lincoln & Co of Grantham named as such subcontractors in the Tender.

The Chairman suggested that if the Builder wished to make any other variation in rhe names of the Subcontractor, the Committe would willingly consider them especially if thet were good men. The Chairman also suggested to the Builder the

wisdom of availing himself of local labour & materials as far as possible. Mr Barlow said he would make

enquiries and if he could he would suggest acceptable local Subcontractors in lieu of others mentioned in his tender.

Mr Barlow promised to within a week to submit two names as sureties for his bond of £5.000 for the due performance of the contract when it is entered into. Mr Barlow asked that the stipulation as to tha amount to be retainedin the hands

of the Guardians be reduced from £15,000 to £10,000, as in the case of the Builder of the Nottingham Workhouse. It

was decided to recommend to the Board to accede to this request.

In answer to other questions Mr Barlow said his Subcontractors had not yet verified their figures, he hoped

this work would be completed by Thursday next.

It was unanimously agreed to recommend the Board to complete, in due course, the contract with Mr Barlow, the Committee 

being quite satisfied as to his suitableness for the work.

 

Approved

 

William Price

John W.Sankey

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 Farm Sub-Committee

20thOctober 1899

Present Mr. G.Hyde in the Chair, Messrs Greensill & Pritchard.

It was reported that the oats had been threshed & it was decided to sell about 40 bags to Messrs Barker & Sons

at 10/6 per bag of 10 scous.

It was decided , subject to the consent of Mr Sankey the Chairman of the New Workhouse Committee, that these minutes 

be presented direct to the Board it being considered unnecessary to call a special meeting of that Committee to receive ,    & direct with regard to them.

 

Approved

William Price Chairman

John W. Sankey

 

Farm Sub-Committee

26th October 1899

 

 

Present- Mr G. Hyde in the Chair, Messrs Greensill & Pritchard.

The Chairman reported that the Bailiff was not satisfied with one of the Sheep

recently purchased.

It was resolved to recommend the purchase of another as early as possible.

 

John W. Sankey

Farm Sub Committee 27 October 1899

 

Present Mr. J Hyde in the Chair-Messrs Greensill & Pritchard.

The Committee reconsidered the business of the 26th inst & it was decided

instead of recommending the purchase of another ram to hire one from Mr Vincent Hyde

for 7 weeks for the sum of 25 shillings.

 

John W. Sankey

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Farm Sub Committee

2nd Novr 1899

 

 

Present Mr J Hyde in the Chair

Messrs Greensill & Ptitchard & the Master.

Upon the motion of Mr Pritchard it was resolved to recommend that Mr Taffley

be allowed to purchase 500 yards of Turf at one penny per yard &  remove

it himself.

It was decided to recommend further as follows:-

1 That 3 pigs would be sold at next Market.

2 That a Chaffcutter & Haycutter be purchased from Mr Arnold Mills.

3 That  the New Workhouse Committee arrange for an interview with

the Contractor as to the future use of the House and Farm Buildings

with a view to the Guardians retaining use of a portion for the

Bailiff & the stock, the Contractor having intimated to the Bailiff

to make some such arrangement.

 

John W Sankey

 

New Workhouse Committee

7th November 1899

 

Present:-Mr J.W.Sankey in the Chair, Messrs Boyes,Price,and Pritchard

The Minutes of the Farm Sub Committee of the 20th, 26th,& 27th October

and the 2nd November were read and signed by the Chairman.

The letter from the Midland Brick and Terra Cotta Co referred to the

Committee by the Board, offering a piece of land at New Cross for the

purpose of a Wharf, was considered.

The Clerk to write that the Guardians were not at present contemplating

the purchase of a site for a wharf, but such an offer might be considered

later if the terms were reasonable.

The Clerk reported that the Contractor had asked that the Bond which

himself and two sureties were required to enter into should be reduced to

£5,000. It was recommended to the Board not to accede to the request.

The Clerk submitted a draft of the Contract between the Guardians & the Contractor

for the erection of the New Workhouse & a draft of proposed conditions to be read

with such contract, and a draft bond to be entered into by the Contractor & two

approved sureties. The Committee especially dealt with the protective clause referring

to the temporary withdrawal of the Imbecile Block. It was decided that an addition be

made to this clause that the erection of such block shall be completed within 12-18

months as the Clerk may be able to arrange from the date the

Contractor receives the instruction to proceed,subject to him receiving such instruction before the other buildings are

completed and also to a stipulation that such a Block need not be completed before the time mentioned in the 

conditions of contract for the whole to be completed-  except if required to do so by the Architect under any authority

vested in him

It was decided to bring the agreement before the General Purposes Committee on the 15 inst.: the Clerk meanwhile 

to submit it to Mr Spencer Solicitor of Nottingham, acting for the Builder, after which it was directed to be sent to the 

Chairman of this Committee for his perusal together with any observation Mr Spencer may make.

A Letter was read from Mr Spencer Solicitor for the Contractor submitting Mr Frederick Evans of Mill Street Nottingham

Builder and Mr J.J Adams of Coalville Street Nottingham Builder as his sureties, the amount to be named on the Bond

for due completion of the work.

The Clerk was directed to make enquiries as to the suitability of the persons named as the sureties.

Approved

William Price Chairman

John W Sankey

 

 

Farm Sub Committee

23 Novr 1899

 

Present Mr J Hyde in the Chair,Messrs Blair & Pritchard

It was decided to purchase one ton of Earl & Kings Square feed cake from Mr Bradburn at £7.

It was decided not to sell  any of the sweeds & mangolds but to keep them for home consumption.

It was resolved to purchase 'fifles instore' ? pigs-the Bailiff to buy them.

It was decided to continue  supplying potatoes to the Workhouse.

Ordered that four boatloads of manure be purchased from the Wolverhampton Corporation.

 

J Hyde Chairman

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New Workhouse Committee 27th November 1899

 

Present Mr JW Sankey in the Chair, Rev. G W Johnson, Messrs Price, Plant, Boyes, Greensill & Pritchard

Mr Marshall [Architect] was also present.

The minutes of the last meeting were read.

The Clerk reported on his interviews with Messrs Fish & Sons and that they had agreed to accept the draft contract which had been submitted. They objected however  to ask anyone to sign a bond with them for £10,000 but had agreed to an increase in the amount of the retention money to a sum acceptable to the Board and enter into a personal and joint bond for £10,000 Mr G Fish one of the partners in the firm of Fish & Sons attended. He consented to reduce the time for completion

named in his firms tender as 3. 1/2 years to three years from the date of signing the contract.

After discussing various points with Mr Fish it was decided to recommend to the Board to seal the contract which had been offered and accepted by Messrs Fish & Sons.

 

It was decided that the joint and separate bond of the two partners be accepted for £10,000 and that in

substition of their obtaining the signatures of others to the bond as sureties the retention money be increased to £15,000 to be accumulated by reserving forty per cent of the money becoming due under the terms of the contract until the sum of £15,000 is reached.

 

It was unanimously decided to recommend the acceptance of the tender including the extras for glazed bricks & co mentioned in the tender and for which a separate price was entered.

Mr Fish said in reply to questions that he hoped the Guardians would not press their request to have part occupation of either the House or the buildings upon the site. It would be against the interests both of the Guardians and themselves. It was decided that the possession of the House and the whole of the buildings be given up in time to be used for the purposes Mr Fish pointed out.

Messrs Fish & Sons submitted the names of Humphreys & Son of Nottingham in substitution of that of the subcontractors mentioned in their tender for plumbing. It was unanimously 

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to agree to Messrs Humphreys as subcontractors for plumbing.

Mr Fish promises that he would place all work & subcontracts possible in Wolverhampton.

Approved

William Price Chairman of Board

John W Sankey 

New Workhouse Committee 5th January 1900

Present Mr J W Sankey in the Chair Revs W.L. Hard & GW Johnson,

Messrs Greensill, Pritchard, Hyde, Boyes, Price, Plant.

The minutes of the last meeting were read.

The Clerk reported that Messrs Fish & Sons required possession of the House & Buildings at New Cross for use in connection with arrangements he has made for the erection of the New Workhouse.

The Committee considered the advisability of continuing the Farming operations and the consequent retention of the services of the Farm Bailiff.

It was decided to hold a meeting of the Committee upon the Farm on Wednesday next immediately upon the conclusion of the General Purposes Committee.

Approved by Board

William Price Chairman

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New Workhouse Committee 10th January 1900

There were present Mr J W. Sankey in the Chair, Revnd GW Johnson Messrs Price, Greensill, Hyde, Plant and Pritchard.

The Architect [Mr Marshall] was also present. The Committee considered the advisability of continuing the Farming operations at New Cross and also the question of the retention of the services of the Farm Bailiff.

It was decided to ask Messrs Fish & Sons whether they would be willing to rent the whole of the available land [outside that required in connection with and for the purpose of the Building] and if so what rent they would be disposed to give: the Clerk to ask for an answer by return of Post to be in time for consideration at the next Board meeting

Approved by Board

William Price Chairman

John W Sankey  

 

New Workhouse Committee 19th January 1900

There were present Mr J W Sankey in the Chair Rev G W Johnson, Mr W Price & Mr G B Greensill.

The Report of the Farm Sub Committee was as follows:-

Farm Sub Committee

Jan 17th 1900

"Present

Mr    Hyde, Mr Pritchard, Mr Price

" The following recommendations were unanimously agreed upon:-

" To accept Mr Moss's offer of £33 for the remaining Rick of Hay

" To purchase the Ram now upon the Farm from Mr V Hyde for £3.10.0, the sum to be paid for it, the amount agreed to be paid for its use, £1.5.0  to be considered part of the Purchase Price.

" To purchase two bags of Indian Meal.

" That the whole of the Farm Buildings to be handed over to the Contractors on February 1st next

" That seven head of cattle be sold in open Market by Messrs Nock & Joseland on the 31st inst.

" The Farm Bailiff reported that he had carted 29 Loads of Ashes for the Contractors at 6d per Load.

" This was approved"  

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It was decided to resommend  the Board to accept these suggestions

Approved by Board

William Price Chairman 

January 26/00

New Workhouse Committee

20th April 1900

 

There were present

Revs G W Johnson & W L Ward Messrs Boyes, Greensill, Hyde, Myring, Plant, Price and

Pritchard and Sankey.

It was unanimously resolved that Mr J.W Sankey be appointed Chairman of the Committee

for the ensuing year

 

W Latimer Ward 

 

Present: Mr J W Sankey, Chairman,

Messrs Walker, Rev G W Johnson, Messrs Boyes Greensill Myring and Pritchard

also the Architect [Mr Marshall]

The Committee inspected the whole of the Buildings in progress.

The Architect gave the Committee a report upon the progress made as follows:-

" The following buildings are up to ground floor level ready to receive rolled steel joists for floors

" Male & Female Infirm Blocks Lying-in and Medicasl Officers' Blocks and Walls of the Main

" North Corridor.

" Male & Female Itch and Venereal Blocks; The brickwork of the former is about 2' 6" above the 

" concrete and the latter is excavated ready for concrete.

" Nurses Block  About half the excavation for the concrete is done

" Workshops aand Labour Master's House; The whole of the concrete foundations are in for this Block 

" & the Brickwork commenced.

" Tower and Domestic Buildings adjoining The Brickwork is carried up to an average of 3ft above  

" concrete. 

 

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" Farm Buildings. Two thirds are up to roof plate and the remainder including Mortuary about

" 5 feet above floor level.Several of the principals are already framed.

" Vagrant Block. Three fourths of the excavation for basement is done.

" On the whole I consider the progress of the works is satisfactory"

After discussion and after consulting the Architect it was decided that a meeting of the

Committee be held on the site on the last Wednesday in each alternate month from this date

at 2.0 o'clock which the Architect promised to attend,

 

W Latimer Ward Chairman

John W Sankey

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New Workhouse Committee 26th September 1900

 

Present: Mr G Hyde & Mr C Boyes

The Architect [Mr Marshall] was also present

As the Members present did not represent a quorum

only an informal meeting was held.

The Architect presented his report as to the progress of the work

up to date.

It was proposed to recommend the Board to cause the report to be

printed and a copy sent to each member.

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W. Latimer Ward Chairman

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New Workhouse Committee

Minutes of the Meeting held 28th November 1900 at the New Workhouse

There wer present :

Mr J W Sankey Chairman

Messrs Boyes Hyde Meyring & Pritchard

The Minutes of the last meeting were read.

The Committe inspected the Buildings and found that substantial

had been made since the last Meeting. General satisfaction was expressed 

with the character of the work and also with the very acceptable appearance of thos Buildings roofed in.

The Report of the Architect as follows was read and accepted and it was ordered that it be

printed and a copy sent to each member of the Board

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W Latimer Ward

Chairman of Board  

 

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New Workhouse Committee

Minutes  of Meeting held 30th January 1901 at the New Workhouse

There were Present:-

Mr J W Sankey Chairman

Messrs Hyde & Plant

The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read.

The Architect read his report on the progress of the Work during the interval since

the last Meeting of the Committee in November last, drawing particular attention

to his opinion that the works were not making the rate of progress which would  complete

the job within the time stipulated in the Contract with the Builder.

It was decided that the report be printed and a copy sent to each Member of the Board, a

copy to be entered upon the minutes of this meeting

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It was decided that the Contractor be interviewed and Mr Fred Fish who was on the site

attende the meeting and the chairman explained to him that the Guardians were not

satisfied with the amount of work done since the Contract was signed. Mr Fish made 

various excuses but the Chairman informed him that the responsibilities were his and

he must meet them 

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The Chairman urged Mr Fish to press along with all possible speed and to hope

for little consideration for loss of time not covered by the Contract, at the close of Work,

as the penal clauses would be enforced. Mr Fish promised to do all he could in this 

direction and make greater efforts and progress that will ensure completion within the

time stipulated.

W Latimer Ward Chairman of Board

John W Sankey

 

New Workhouse Committe m27th March 1901 

There were present:

Mr J W Sankey Chairman

Messrs H Morton, W G Pritchard

The minutes of the last Meeting were read and signed by the Chairman.

The Architect's report upon the progress of this work during the 

interval since the last meeting was read.It was decided that it be

printed and a copy sent to each Member of the Board.

The following is a copy of the report

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The Committee inspected the Buildings.

A Letter was read which had been adressed to the Chairman of thi Committee, from

Messrs T & C Clark & Co. asking that that Firm should have consideration when the orders for Baths are being placed.

It was decided that the Clerk inform Messrs Clark & Co. the Earthenware Baths will

 27 th March 1901

be used in the New Workhouse

W Latimer Ward

Chairman of Board

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New Workhouse Committee 19th April 1901

Present:

Rev J J Darmody, Messrs Boyes Hyde Myring Plant Morton Pritchard and Sankey

and the Rev G W Johnson.

It was unanimously resolved that Mr J W Sankey be elected Chairman of this Committee

for the ensuing year.

G W Johnson

C of Bd

New Workhouse Committee 22nd May 1901

Present:

Mr J W Sankey Chairman

Rev G W Johnson             Mr F James

Mr C Boyes                      Mr G G Parstow

Mr J Hyde                        Mr W G Pritchard

 

It was oordered that a Boyles' Ventilator be fixed in the roof of the Stables.

The following report by the Architect was read  & it was proposed that it be printed 

and a copy made for each Member of the Board.

 

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 22nd May 1900

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It was decided to recommend the Board to draw the attention of the Water Committee of the

Corporation to the present inadequate supply of Water upon the site of the New Warehouse

at Wednesfield, and ask what is proposed to be done to send the necessarily increased demand 

when the New Workhouse is occupied

G W Johnson Chairman of Board

John W Sankey

 

New Workhouse Committee 8th October 1901

Present:-

Mr J.W.Sankey Chairman

Rev G.W.Johnson         Mr.H.Morton

Mr.C.Boyes                  Mr.F.W.Plant

Mr.W.Myring                Mr.W.H.Pritchard

 

The Minutes of the last Meeting were read and signed by the Chairman.

The Clerk read a letter he had received from the Town Clerk dated 31st May

with regard to the Water supply at the New Workhouse "that the matter should be 

brought before the Water Committee at the next Meeting" and that in reply

to a question the Clerk stated he had received no further communication. The

Clerk was directed to ask for a reply to the Board's letter of 30th May last.

It was decided that the partition in the Plans to be erected across the Dining Hall 

be not erected until the Committee sanction its erection. The Clerk was directed to

communicate with the Builders and ask if the Farm Buildings are insured against

Fire in which case the Clerk was directed to insure the Cattle and Stock of the 

Guardians against loss by Fire 

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New Workhouse Committee November 27th 1901

There were present

Mr. J. W. Sankey Chairman

Rev. G.W.Johnson           Mr.C.Boyes

 "     J.J Darmody              "  H. Moreton

 

The minutes of the last Meeting were read and signed by the Chairman.

Read letter from Town Clerk informing the Guardians in reply to an enquiry that

the Water Committee Committee of the Borough Council are now laying an

additional 6 inch main along the Wednesfield Road to Wednesfield and when

the work is completed th Committee will be enabled to supply water to the

New Workhouse, but pointing out that in the day time so great a pressure 

cannot be guaranteed as during the night time and that adequate storage 

accommodation should be provided. The Architect stated the Accommodation

for storage provided in the plans was quite adequate.

Ordered that the Clerk acknowledge receipt of the Town Clerk's letter and that

storage accommodation is provided in the plans.

It was decided that the partition shown in the plans to be erected across

 

November 27th 1901

 

the Dining Hall to divide the sexes be not erected.

It was decided to purchase a "Greens Economiser" for utilising the waste heat from 

the Boilers. It is claimed that the cost will be repaid in 3 years. The Architect was 

directed to obtain a tender for its supply to be considered at the next Board Meeting.

The Architect was also directed to submit a report as to how the present buildings

could be adapted for the Out Door treatmant of Phisical ? cases.

It was decided to brick up the 2nd doorway in the Masters Dining Room and to utilise

the space that will then be available for the provision of additional pantry accommodation

in manner indicated by the Architect.

In order tomake the boundary line of the site near the Vagrant Blocks straight it was decided to offer 

to exchange 900 yards[approximately]of land with W Dugmore for 1070 yards [approximately] and

to build a boundary wall.

It was decided that the Vagrant Wards be completed by February next to enable their use upon the 

closing of the present temporary Workhouse, the tenancy of which expires in March next at the latest.   

 

 

 

1902

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New Workhouse Committee 29th January 1902

There were present:-

Rev G.W. Johnson, Rev J.J. Darmody, Messrs Hyde, Moreton Myring & Pritchard.

Miss Walker & Mr Satten & the Architect.

In the absence of the Chairman of the Committee the Rev G w Johnson presided.

The Minutes of the last Meeting were read and signed by the Chairman

The Question of the provision of a Weighbridge was considered. The estimate for

the Brickwork is £50. Messrs Avery Ltd will put in a Weighbridge for £62 and Messrs Pooleys

for £58. It was decided that Mr Johnson of Bilston and Messrs Avery's be asked to give 

a price for the removal and refixing in proper order of the Machine at the present Workhouse

to the New Workhouse, the necessary brickwork to be provided by the Guardians.

It was decided that the Clerk of the Works attend at the Builders Workshop at

Nottingham or elsewhere to inspect goods in process of manufacture when directed

by the Architect.

 

29th January 1901

 

Ordered that the Farm Buildings be insured for £

A plan for fixing of the building line for the boundary wall, on the side of the turnpike

was approved and it was decided to obtain the agreement of the District Councils to its

being accepted as the boundary.The plan gives a straight line, so do which, the 

Guardians at points give a little land, at other points the wall would extend a little 

beyond the Board's boundary.

Read letter from the Carpenters & Joiners Society complaining that the 'Fair Contract Clause'

is not being adhered to with regard to the hours of working.The Builder stated that no complaint 

whatever had been made to him. It is understood that the grievance complained of had now

ceased to exist and it ws decided to so inform the Society.

It was decided that the Chairman of the Board, the Chairman of the Building Committee and

the Clerk interview Mr Dugmore with regard to the boundary line from from the road, in the

rear of the Vagrant Blocks.

In reply to a question the Architect stated that the present arrangements were, that the storm

water would

 

New Workhouse [Sub] Committee 14th February 1902  

Present:-

Mr Sankey & Rev G.W. Johnson

[Mr Pritchard was also present]

Mr Tildesley, Solicitor, acting for the Trustees in Dugmore Estate had been invited to meet

the Sub Committee and was present , together with Mr Dugmore.

The Committee inspected the boundary line  between the the New Workhouse site and 

the land belonging to Dugmore Estate, upon the Wolverhampton side of the said New

Workhouse site from the Wednesfield Road.

One of the points considered was the existence of an open ditch on the extreme boundary

line of the Guardians property, and the necessary measures to be taken, that the Guardians

may build a boundary wall, along this part of their boundary, with due provision for its

stability.

After discussing the various points and claims involved, it was mutually agreed between

your Sub Committee and Mr Tildesley that the most equitable course, and one which

Mr Tildesley would recommend to the Trustees of the Dugmore Estate, to accept, would be

for the Guardians to close the ditch from the road to a 

 

14th February 1902

 

point about        feet from the Road, and substitute therefor, at their expense,a 12 inch pipe

surface drain, the drain pipe to be put immediately beyond the Boundary of the Guardians at

this point; The Guardians to erect a wall 6 feet high upon their boundary, for a distance equal

with, and erected alongside the said drain pipe.The said drainpipe to become the property of 

the owners, for the time being, of the land upon which it will be placed, but the Guardians to have

secured, the right, so, at all times, use such surface drainpipe for the purposes of a surface 

drain, in connection with their adjoining land in substitution of the ditch to be hereby closed.

It was also mutually agreed that that the Guardians should convey to the said Trustees of Dugmores 

Estate a piece of land, and the said Trustees to convey a piece of land to the Guardians, to establish 

a straight boundary line, between the properties of the covenanters, indicated at this interview, and

which is shown upon a plan, to be prepared at the expense of the Guardians, and accepted by both

parties, to the transfer, as the line now agreed and along which new boundary then created, the

Guardians are to build and maintain a good substantial fence.

It was decided to embody and secure the various arrangements now agreed upon, in a deed

to be prepared and duly executed.

The Guardians recognising that these 

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arrangements, being more particularly desirable in their owm interests, should be given

effect to, at their own cost and it was decided to pay Mr Tildesley the sum of five Guineas

as an agreed and inclusive fee for preparing the sais deed.

It was decided that the Agreement to execute the deed [which must be signed before the date

fixed upon, and advertised , for the sale by the Dugmores Trustees of their land in question],

and the Deed itself, when prepared, be duly signed and executed, after Messrs Fowler Langley 

& Wright [who are hereby recommended for appointment for such purpose] have perused it, and 

are satisfied that the purposes and suggestions are duly provided for and there is no stipulation

or undertakings unamical to the Guardians interests.

G W Johnson  Chairman of Board 

 

New Workhouse Committee 9th April 1902

Present     Mr J.W. Sankey  Chairman

Rev J.J.Darmody,Messrs Boyes Myring

Moreton Pritchard and Rev.G.W Johnson

The Minutes of the last Meeting were read.

The Committee inspected the whole of the Buildings. The Chairman of the Committee

had invited each of the Committee to be present at the inspection, and the following 

attended :- Mr. Reeves, Mr. Sankey, Miss Walker, Messrs Pedley, Gaskins ? Landsdale

Lewis, Pearson and White. The Architect, and the Master of the Workhouse were also

present.

The Architect's report of the work was read as follows:-

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arrangements, being more particularly desirable in their owm interests, should be given

effect to, at their own cost and it was decided to pay Mr Tildesley the sum of five Guineas

as an agreed and inclusive fee for preparing the sais deed.

It was decided that the Agreement to execute the deed [which must be signed before the date

fixed upon, and advertised , for the sale by the Dugmores Trustees of their land in question],

and the Deed itself, when prepared, be duly signed and executed, after Messrs Fowler Langley 

& Wright [who are hereby recommended for appointment for such purpose] have perused it, and 

are satisfied that the purposes and suggestions are duly provided for and there is no stipulation

or undertakings unamical to the Guardians interests.

G W Johnson  Chairman of Board 

New Workhouse Committee 9th April 1902

Present     Mr J.W. Sankey  Chairman

Rev J.J.Darmody,Messrs Boyes Myring

Moreton Pritchard and Rev.G.W Johnson

The Minutes of the last Meeting were read.

The Committee inspected the whole of the Buildings. The Chairman of the Committee

had invited each of the Committee to be present at the inspection, and the following 

attended :- Mr. Reeves, Mr. Sankey, Miss Walker, Messrs Pedley, Eachus Landsdale

Lewis, Pearson and White. The Architect, and the Master of the Workhouse were also

present.

The Architect's report of the work was read as follows:-

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9th April 1902

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 It was decided that the report be printed  and a copy forwarded to each Member

of the Board.

The Architect promised in his next report to indicate the number of days delay allowed 

the builder for bad weather.

Ordered that a telephone be affixed at New Cross with the Wolverhampton Exchange.

The Builder upon request, agreed

 

9th April 1902

 

 to pay half the annual rent,until the New Workhouse is conveyed to the 

Guardians.

The question of dealing with the storm water was considered. The Architect informed

the Committee that the present provision was to take this storm water into the  drains

[to which the District Council object]. Several suggestions were made, and it was 

eventually decided that the Architect prepare a plan of a substituted system, dealing 

separately with the storm water, with due provision for ample storage,and his estimated

uncovered cost.

The question of providing storage tanks for water, beyond the tanks already provided for 

in the plans, was considered. The folowing estimate was read from the Builders :-

March 21st 1902

Dear Sir,

Our Estimate to provide and fix a No.8  1000 Gallon Galvanised 1/8 plate, Wrot Iron

Cisterns in the Workhouse block, including six flanges, 2" overflow pipe, and 1.1/4"

Ball valve to each, allowing for 800ft of 1.1/4" of lead service pipe.

1  200 Gallon Galvanises 1/8" plate Wrot Iron Cistern with flanges,suitable overflow 

pipes, ball valve,and wheel vale to Medical Offices.

1 Do           do  to Isolation Laundry

1 60 Gallon do  to Labour Master's House

1 do           do  to Isolation Cottage

1 do           do  to Entrance Lodge.  

  

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To casing the whole of the above with hair felt  & 3/4" Match Boarded sides and bottom.

1" tap & forming opening in same for access,  all as contract. For the sum of three

hundred and fifty pounds,

                                                                    Yours faithfully

                                                                          

                                                                     Thomas Fish & Sons

 

It was decided to recommend the Board to do the work provided for in the tender, and if

the Architect is satisfied that the sum mentioned [£350] is in accordance with the schedule

of price submitted by the Builder when the Contract was accepted, to accept the tender

of Messrs Fish & Sons.

It was decided that Mr. Sankey and the Rev. G W Johnson, be appointed to a sub committee, to 

endeavour to obtain information as to the probable proximity of water with a view to sinking a well.

It was decide in preparing a scheme for the fitting up of the Laundry,none of the machinery at

present in use be taken into consideration, any that may eventually transferred, be treated as

supplementary to the "Scheme" ? in case of temporary breakdown.

The Architect was directed to propose a plan of roads and airing courts.

The Architect had prepared Schemes for fitting up the Laundry, and for the Kitchen and

 

9th April 1902

 

Cooking Machinery. It was decided to propose a Scheme for lighting the whole of the Workhouse

Buildings by Electricity, with an estimate of the cost, to be considered later, against the cost of 

obtaining light from the Wolverhampton Corporation.

The Clerk was directed to enquire from the Town Clerk of Wolverhampton whether the Town Council

will be prepared to supply the Electricity required and upon what terms.

In reply to a question, the Architect informed the Committee, that the provisions  for generating 

steam was sufficient for all purposes, including the motive power necessary, and all heating and 

cooking requirements.

The Clerk was directed to obtain the consent of the District Councils of Wednesfield and Heath 

Town to the proposed line of frontage on the Wednesfield Road. It was reported that the Heath 

Town District Council had approved that part in their Parish. The Plan has not yet been submitted

to the District Council of Wednesfield.

 

G.W.Johnson Chairman of Board 

John W Sankey    

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New Workshop Committee  18th April 1902

Present:

Rev J.J. Darmody           Mr.W.Myring

  "   G.W. Johnson          "  F.W.Plant

Mr. C.Boyes                   "  H.Moreton

 "   S.H.Eachus              " W.H.Pritchard

 "   T.D.Greensill             " J.W.Sankey

It was unanimously resolved the Mr J.W. Sankey be elected Chairman of 

the Committee for the ensuing year

John W. Sankey

New Workhouse Committee 11th June 1902

Present            Mr. JW.Sankey Chairman

                       Rev.GW.Johnson, Messrs Eachus

                       Myring, Plant, Moreton & Pritchard

The Minutes of the last meeting were read.

The Architect reported that the number of days allowed the Builders for

bad weather up to the 2nd inst. was 100.1/2.

Read letter from the National Telephone Co. offering to connect the New 

Workhouse with the Exchange for £13.!0 per year, upon a five year agreement

It was decided that in accordance of the resolution of the Committee 

of April 9th last,and confirmed by the Board, that the Clerk sign an undertaking

upon the terms named.The Builder will pay half this rental until the Workhouse is

formally conveyed to the Board.

In the original plan provision was made to take the Sewage & the Storm Water

into the Sewer of Heath Town District Council, but the Council will not permit the

Storm Water to be dealt with in the Sewage Drains.

A substitute Scheme for dealing with the Sewage and Storm Water by separate

system of Drains, has been prepared by the

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4th June 1902

Messrs Summercoates  1600 .0 .0

    "         Canon Co. 1450 .0 .0

    "         Tullis 1390 .0 .0

    "         Goddard, Massey & Warner 1262 .0 .0

    "         Bradford 1230 .0 .0

    "         Ashwell  & Nesbit 1218 .0 .0

It was decided to recommend the Board to accept the Tender of Messrs Ashwell & Nesbit for £1218 .0 .0.[ margin note " this was not accepted by the Board

but referred back for further consulting JWS]

The Clerk read letter from the Cherry Tree Machine Co. Ltd. explaining why they had not sent a Tender for the above.

The Clerk reported that he had not yet received the information from the Town Clerk re the Electric Lighting. The Town Clerk acknowledges the receipt of his letter of enquiry on 18th April last.

The Architect’s report upon the progress of the work was read as follows, copies were ordered to be printed and forwarded to each Member of the Board.

 ARCHITECT'S    REPORT.

Kino Stbrbt,

Nottingham,

June 2nd, 1002.

NEW   WORKHOUSE,   WOLVERHAMPTON.

Lambs and Gentlemen,

I have the honour to report as follows as to the progress of the works at the above :—

Vagrant Wards.—The internal fittings of this block are now being done, such as baths, sinks, lavatories, w.o/s, hanging of doors, and general joinery. The heating and hot water service piping, together with cold water service piping, is already fixed in positions.

Lodge to Vagrant Wards.—The internal joinery is practically finished, the plastering done and floors laid.   Sinks and w.o/s yet to be fixed.

Farm Buildings and Mortuary.—The former have been in occupation many months, the latter is practically finished, except internal fittings.

Workshops and Labour Master's House.—Practically finished, with the exception of a few internal fittings.

Male and Female Skill and Syphilitic (2 blocks).—These are being fitted internally by joiners and plumbers, &c.

Nurses’ Home.-This block Is wearing completion* and is being fitted up internally.

Isolation Hospital, Cottage and Disinfector,—These are practically finished, with the exception of some internal fittings such as doors, stores, and laundry fittings.

14th June 1902

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Other matters were adjourned to the next Meeting.

John W Starkey Chairman of the Board

John W Starkey

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New Workhouse Committee  17th June 1902

Present:- Mr.J.W.Sankey, Chairman

Rev. G.W. Johnson, Messrs Eachus, Greensill, Myring,Plant,Moreton and Pritchard

The Minutes of the last Meeting were read and signed by the Chairman.

The Chairman was appointed to interview Mr. Forrest and Mr. Roberts [of Isles & Co.], in Birmingham, on Thursday next, as to the proximity of water on the New Cross Site, and to arrange for a visit to the Site, if necessary.

Read letter from the Town Clerk, that the Corporation cannot supply the Electric Light

required for the New Workhouse. In reply to a question, the Architect stated, that the Specifications for the installation of the Electric Light, were in the hands of the Printer. It was decided that the Specifications 

as prepared by the Architect be adopted.

It was also resolved, that the Clerk issue an advertisement inviting tenders for the work.

Applications to be made to the Architect for copies of particulars and Specifications, tenders to be sent to the Clerk.

17th June 1902

The Clerk reported that he had declined to sign the Contract for fixing a Telephone at the 

New Workhouse, without the elimination of the condition giving the Telephone Co. the right to take "Wayleaves" and to make other communications at their will, on the Workhouse premises.

Read letter from the Chief Constable as to the fire appliances to be adopted for the New Workhouse. The Architect was directed to confer with him upon the matter.

The Committee further considered, as directed by the Board at the last Meeting, the two lowest tenders for supplying and fixing the Laundry Machinery, and also the Kitchen and  Cooking Appliances. The Architect read and explained each Specification, and the tenders of Messrs Ashwell& Nesbit, and Messrs Tullis for the Laundry Machinery.

After a long and full discussion, it was decided again to recommend the Board to accept the 

tenders of Messrs Ashwell & Nesbit for

Laundry Machinery   £1998

Cooking Appliances  £1218

with the following alterations and additions, that a third Washing Machine of smaller size be added

to the Laundry Fittings. And in the Cooking Appliance tender:-

 

1 That 4 thirty five gallon tea infusers be substituted for the twenty five gallon infusers

2 That a baker's oven be substituted for the Kitchen Range

3 That 1 boiling copper of 180 Gallons capacity

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11th July 1902

Dynamos, Mains Wiring and Fittings for the Installation of Electric Light at the New

Workhouse, and was directed to issue an advertisement in the local papers, the

'Birmingham Daily Post', 'Birmingham Daily Gazette,, 'Builder', 'Electrician' and'Electrical

Review, inviting Tenders.

It was decided that part of the Specification referring to Dynamos be amended in order

to read 'Dynamos to be made by a maker of repute, acceptable to the Guardians - name 

of maker to be stated in Tender and be directly coupled &c &c'.

It was decided that Tender be not received not later than August 13th.

 

J.W. Sankey

Chairman of the Board

New Workhouse Committee 30th July 1902

Present:- Mr. J.W. Sankey Chairman

Eevs. J.J. Darmody and G.W. Johnson, Messrs Eachus, Myring,Moreton and Pritchard.

The Minutes of the last Meeting were read.

The Committee further considered the water supply. A letter was read from Messrs Isles

& Co.giving particulars of the borings made by them in the neighbourhood. After consideration

it was decided to recommend the Board to accept the Tender of Messrs Isles & Co. to fix an 

Artesian Bore Tubed Well as the schedule of prices named in the Tender, and to obtain the

consent of the Local Government Board to such acceptance without in the first place issuing an

adverisement inviting Tenders.

It was decided that the time during which Tenders for the Electrical Installation may be received,

be extended to August 21st

It was decided that in future Reports, the Architect indicate the amount paid on account up to date,

to the Builders and himself.

The Architect's report on the progress of the work was read as follows, copies were ordered to be 

printed and forwarded to each Member of the Board.   

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New Workhouse Committee 27 th August 1902

 

 

Present:- Mr. J.W. Sankey Chairman

Rev. J.J. Darmody, Messrs Boyes, Eachus, Moreton and Myring.

The Committee met to open and consider Tenders for Electric Lighting the New Workhouse.

Mr David Stevenson M.I.E.E of Victoria Street Westminster, [who prepared the Specification

for the work, and who acts as Electrical Advisor to the Architect [Mr. Marshall], was present.

Tenders were received from the following for the amounts stated. Where alternative tenders

are submitted, in each case the lowest tender is here specified;_

 

Johnson & Phillips [Kent] £9205                 Two        alternatives

Electric Constuction Co.Ltd [Bushbury] £6923                 Seven            "

Halter & Co [Birmingham] ? £7900                 No                 "

Warrington & District Electric Light Co. £7143                 No                "

W. J. Furse [Nottingham]? £7984/10/6         No                "

Walsall Electrical Co.Ltd. £8262/0/8           No                "

Northern Electrical Co. [Doncaster] £6734                 No               "

Crompton & C0. [London] £6818                 No                 "

National Electric Wiring Co. [London] £8159/15/-         Two             "

G.H. Woods & Co. [Blackburn] £6382                 Twentyfour    "

Alliance Electrical Co. Ltd [B'ham] £7434                No                "

Lea & Warren [Kettering]  £7169                Ten               "

W.H. Cook [W'ton]  £7527?10/-        No                "

A.H. Wood [London]  £7479                Two              "

Whittaker Bros. [Dudley] £6756                 Six               " 

Handley & Shanks [B’ham]   £6892                 Four             “ 

P.H. Fellows [Walsall]  £8292/17/6         None            “

S.H. Heywood [Manchester] £6099                 Seven           “

Joel & Co.[London]  ? £8320                 None            “

After carefully comparing the Makers of the Engines, Accumulators,Dynamos, Cables & co as

Stated in the respective Tenders it was decided to recommend the further recommend the further consideration of the Tender of Electric Construction Co.Ltd and Messrs G.H. Wood & Co. at a Meeting of the Board on Friday next, the Clerk meanwhile to ask Messrs Wood of any addition to their Tender would be entailed , if Chloride Electrical Storage Co, were named by them in their tender as Accumulator Makers

 

John W. Sankey

 

Chairman of the Board 

New Workhouse Committee

24th September 1902

 

 

Present:- Mr. J.W. Sankey  Chairman

Messrs Eachus, Plant  & Moreton.

The Minutes of the last Meeting were read.

The Architect's report upon the progress of the work was read as follows, copies were

ordered to be printed and forwarded to each Member of the Board.

 

 

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24th September 1902

 

It was decided that the fixed Meetings of the Committee be altered to

the final Wednesday in December, and thence forward bi-Monthly on the

first Wednesday in the Month.

The Committee considered the letter from The Local Government Board 

 upon the proposal of the Guardians to accept the Tender of Messrs Isles 

& Co. for boring for     

29th September 1902

water. It was decided that an advertisement be issued inviting tenders for

the work.

It was decided that the Architect  and the Master and Matron have a consulttation

with regard to the alteration of the Stores,Sewing,Cutting up rooms &c that the 

most advantageous use may be made of the various rooms to be used in connection

with the administration.

John W. Sankey

Chairman of the Board

John W Sankey.

New Warehouse Committee 31st October 1902

Present:- Mr. J.W. Sankey

Rev. G.W. Johnson, Messrs W.H. Pritchard and Mr. W. Myring.

The Minutes of the last Meeeting were read and signed by the Chairman.

The Clerk read letter from Mr Stevenson the Consulting Structural Engineer

dated the 14th instant, respecting the main cable between the Engine House and the 

Laundry. It was unanimously decided not to make any alteration in the specification 

in this particular.

Reported receipt of a letter from New Roads & Co acknowledging the Guardians' 

decision not to  vary the specification for Cables [ by Assd ? Callender & Co.]

Read letter from Mr. R.E.N Bennington respecting the land adjoining the New

Workhouse. It was resolved that the subject be considered  at a Meetting of the 

Committee to be held on Tuesday the 4th '---' ? at the New Workhouse.

The Committee considered Tenders for the fixing of a Winch Artesian Bored? Tube 

Well as follows:-

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New Workhouise Committee 4th December 1902

Present:- Mr J.W. Sankey  Chairman

Rev,J.J.Darmody and  Mr. Myring

The Minutes of the last Meeting were read.

The Committee inspected the Northern Boundary of the Site with respect to the

proximity of the buildings to its extreme limits. Mr Bennington, the owner of the

adjoining land  had asked the Guardians if it would not be wise for them to 

purchase more land at this point. After consideration it was decided to recommend the 

Board that there is no necessity to purchase any more land.

It was decided that Messrs Sankey and Pritchard purchase two Fireplaces and Mantle

Pieces for the Master's Dining and Drawing Rooms, and that the two glazed terra cotta 

ware Mantle Pieces now partly fixed,[which are exactly similar to thosse being fixed in

the Wards when these two can be utilized] be removed and, that the order as far as it 

relates to two Fireplaces be at once countermanded.

It was decided that the Master's  appartments to be made private by the erection of a 

Glass and Wood Screen fixed at a point near the main lobby. 

It was decided that the fixing of the balister for the able-bodied poor [Classification Class "A"]

be suspended until the next Meeting, tthe Master and the Architect to confer on the Site at 

an early date uopn the question.

 

John W Sankey

Chairman of Board.

New Workhouse Committee 3rd December 1902

Present:-  Mr. J.W. Sankey  Chairman

Revs. J.J. Darmody & G.W. Johnson, Messrs Eachus, Myring, Plant and Pritchard.

The Architect was also in attendance.

It was decided that  the Hot Plates [cutting up] shall be fixed in the serving room as originally

plannned  by the Architect and not in the Dining Hall as recently suggested.

The Architect stated that he and the Master had met on the Site, and explained the arrangements

of the balister for the better Classification of the able-bodied.

The Committee went over the Site with the representatiives of Messrs Isles & Co., and decided at 

which point the boring for water shall be made.

The Architect [in reply to a question] stated that in the original price "Extra for Glazed Brickwork", 

a Glazed Brickwork Dado for the Imbecile & Epileptic Block was included and explained that by

an oversight the Glazed Dado had not been put in in these Corridors. The Builder was prepared 

to put in Wooden Wainscoting for the same cost  namely 10/6 per square yard, or Rusto ? Glass

Wall which the Architect strongly   .

3rd December 1902 

recommended as being superior to Glazed Brickwork. This would cost 12/6 per square yard

-these will be approximately 700 yards of brickwork. It was decided to recommend the Board

that Rusto Glass Wall Surfacing to be put up as a Dado in the Corridors; This will cost about £70

more than it would cost  had Glazed Bricks  been used..

Clerk read  letter from Mr. Berrington  of November 12 th. No action was taken.

The Architect’s report upon the progress of the  work was read as follows, copies were ordered to be printed and forwarded to each Member of the Board.

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1903

New Workhouse Committee 28th January 1903

Present:- Mr. J.W. Sankey   Chairman

Rev. G.W. Johnson  Messrs Eachus, Myring, Moreton, Pritchard and Boyes.

The Inspector, Mr. Wethered, and the Architect, were also present. 

The Minutes of the last Meeting were read. The Tenders  for Roadmaking as 

Follows:-

W.H. Reading                    Wloverhampton   £9800         to complete in   6  months

Moss & Sons Ltd.               Leicester             £8778.10.0          “               5     “

James Owens                    Wolverhampton   £9739                  “               9     “

F. Lindsay Jones                          “                £10,000                “               9     “

John White Jr.                    Birmingham        £12,215.19.3        “               5     “

H. Holloway,                       Wolverhampton  £8737                   “               9     “.

Bower Bros                         Nottingham        £10,300                 “               7     “

It was dedcided to recommend the Board to accept the Tender of Mr Holloway subject to 

his contracting to complete the work by September 1st next.[6 months from March 1st next]

It was decided that a Wall 19ft 6inches high along the boundary at the back of the Imbecile 

Wards the full length of the Airing Courts to be built by Messrs Fish & Sons according to their Schedule of Prices: Plans to be prepared by the Architect.

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28th January 1903

 

The Report of the Architect upon the progress of the work since the last meeting

was read as follows, and it was ordered that it be printed  and a copy addressed 

to each Member of the Board.

 

 

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ARCHITECT'S   REPORT.

King Street
NEW   WORKHOUSE,   WOLVERHAMPTON. Nottiingham

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I have the honour to report as follows as to the progress of the works at the above;

Vagrant Block and Lodge.—Much additional work has been done here since my last report, the foundations laid for the Laundry floors, and preparations made for the Machinery, the walls prepared for the second coat of colouring, architrave fixed round windows and doors, &c., and the drainage for this block is now being put in.

Farm Building and Mortuary.—As reported for many months, practically finished.

Workshops and Labour Master's House.—This block is in an advanced stage of completion, several detail items having been done since my last report.

Male and Female Skin and Syphilitic (2 Blocks).—The tiled floors are all laid, and both blocks wired for the electric lighting, and floor screeded to receive wood block flooring, and painting, plumbing and other items advanced a stage,

Nurses' Home.—Since my last report the tiled flooring has been all laid, and the architraves round doors and window frame/ fixed and all doors hung, and plumbing, painting and other work advanced a stage.

Isolation Hospital, Cottage and Disinfector.—As last reported.

Male Infirmary (3 Blocks), Female Infirmary (3 Blocks).—Much additional work has been done here in detail of the various trades, and the alterations made in the architraves and mold has been fixed round doors and windows, together with all other internal fittings named in the last report, with the addition of all floors screeded for wood block flooring.

Nursery and Married Couples.—These blocks are now plastered, stoves fixed, and the greater portion of the floors laid.

Administrative Block.—Comprising many attached buildings, has been advanced a stage by most of the trades, in matter of detail fittings and as far as possible until the kitchen and scullery fittings are fixed in positions by the engineers.

Laundry.—This block is now being fitted with shafting, &c, by the engineers, and much of fittings are on the site ready for fixing.

Boiler House.—This block is in the hands of the engineers, fitting and fixing steam pipes from the boilers, pumps, hot water cylinders, &c.,  &c.

Receiving Block and Entrance Lodge.—These are in an advanced stage of completion, the tiled floors are now practically
finished, and all trades in matters of detail, are advanced a stage.

Board Offices.—Including all items mentioned in last report; all sashes are now glazed and frames fixed, and the plasterers are
now commencing to plaster ceilings of same.      The plastering and all outside work generally, has been delayed for a week '
owing to the frost.

Imbeciles (6 Blocks).—Since my last report, very good progress has been made here, all plastering practically finished sashes and frames fixed and glassed, and most of the floors screeded ready for the wood block flooring, and all trades in matter of details, advanced a stage.

Outside Connecting Corridors.—These are now all covered in and all steam and hot water pipes fixed in them.

Drainage.—The connections are now made with the Heath Town and Wednesfield Sewers to the Guardians boundary wall and from thence are being continued for the drainage of the Vagrant Block,   The large rain water storage tank has its concrete retaining walls carried up to water line level; and the dumpling or internal excavations are proceeding favourably.

Generally.—All buildings are now erected and covered in, and are in an advanced stage towards completion (except shelters latrines, and court walls, the foundations of which are already in).   Since the Guardians last visit to these buildings I am  pleased to report that generally good progress has been made, taking into consideration the short days, and wet and frosty weather.    There are employed on these works at the present time, 147 men of all trades.    The amount certified as due to the builders, including the certificate granted January 1903, is £106,043.

Well Sinking.—Some 50ft. in depth has been bored and the permanent tubes fixed in same.

I have the honour to remain,

Yours obediently,

ARTHUR  MARSHALL.

 

Chairman of the Board 

 

 

New Workhouse Committee

18th February 1903

 

Present:- Rev. G.W. Johnson, Messrs Boyes, Eachus, Myring & Pritchard.

In the absence of Mr. Sankey, Mr. Pritchard was elected to preside.

The Committee met to consider the Specifications for roadmaking  at the

New Workhouse with the view of making any variation possible to reduce

the cost.

The Architect stated that he could suggest no detail of the work upon which

any alteration could be made with satisfactory economy. The Roads, if 

made to the Specifications would be good sustantialbut not better in any

detail than they should be  and he should hesitate to take the  responsibility

for any alteration.

In reply to to questions the Architect stated that Rowley Rag Stone would be 

quite satisfactory for the channelling if the Committee thought fit to recommend

it instead of Mountsorrel Granite Randoms.

The 'best' road is only being made on the main way from the Wednesfield Road

to the Imbecile Block, round the Engine House, and up to the Farm Buildings 

from the Road.

Several Members thought a saving    

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New Workhouse Committee 

6th March 1903

 

Present:- Mr. J.W. Sankey  Chairman

Revs G.W. Johnson & W>L> Ward, Messrs Boyes, Eachus, Greensill, Hyde, Launsdale ?

Moreton & Norbury.

The Minutes of the last Metting were read and signed by the Chairman.

A letter was read from Messrs. Isles & Co. stating that it is necessary to line the bore of

the Artesian Well further with perforated tubes owing to the marl falling into the bore

hole, the lining will prevent this, and still allow the Water to come in. The depth of the 

bore hole is at present 106 feet lined with 90ft of 10" paper, the top of which is 5 ft from the 

surface, so that the bore hole is now lined to a depth of 93 feet. Messrs Isles therefore 

quote for 60ft Perforated Tubes 8 1/2" diameter @ 16/- per foot £48, and a 10ft length of

Plain Tube @ 14/- per foot £7

Messrs Isles report that the water level stands at preesnt 10 ft from the surface, and that 

there is every indication that the work will be successful. Before testing, however it 

is necessary to go deeper , so as to ensure obtaining a continuous and inexaustible

supply.

Upon the motion of the Chairman, seconded by Mr Eachus it was resolved that the

 

6th March 1903

 

Board be recommended to instruct Messrs Isles & Co to proceed with the extra lining

in accordance with the estimate, subject to the consent of the Local Government 

Board, the Chairman to be asked to declare the matter as an emergency at the [Relief]

Board Meeting this morning.

 

John W. Sankey

Chairman of the Board     

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New Workhouse Committee

9th March 1903

 

Present:- Mr. J.W. Sankey  Chairman

Rev. G.W.Johnson, Messrs Boyes, Myring,Plant & Pritchard.

The Minutes of the last Meeting were read.

The Committee inspected the buildings.

The question of putting a large weighing machine down was discussed, in view of the

making of the Roads; In the estimate a sum of £150 is reserved for this purpose.A

new Machine will cost about £60, exclusive of the necessary brickwork.

It was decided 'nem dio' ? to recommend the Board to purchase a New Machine for use

at the New Workhouse, the one at the Old Workhouse has been in use a many years

The Clerk was directed to urge the Architect to submit his Schemes of telephonic 

communication between the various parts of the House, with the room to be used as 

Telephone Room, and of Electric Bells, as early as possible.

It was decided to recommend the Board to distinguish Wards in the Infirmary Block by 

 

 

9th March 1903

 

Block by Numbers, and the Wards in the "body" of the house by letters, the numbers 

or letters for each Ward to be settled by the Master.

 

John W Starkey

Chairman of the Board

 91-92

 

 

New Workhouse Committee

20th March 1903

 

Present:- Rev. J.J. Darmody, Messrs Eachus, Plant,Myring & Pritchard.

In the absence of the Chairman, Mr J.W. Sankey, Mr. Pritchard was lelected

to preside.

The Committee , by direction of the Board, opened Tenders for the supply & fixing

of a 7 ton Weighbridge as follows:-

 

Rose & Cooper,? Walsall                          12ft x 7ft with loose weights,£45, without loose

                                                             weights £4 extra [£49]

Hodgson & Stead,Manchester                  12ft x 7ft without loose weights £55

 

Pooley & Sons Ltd, Birmingham               12ft x 7ft with loose weights £52  without loose

                                                              weights £54

W.T. Avery Ltd, Birmingham                     12ft x 7ft without loose weights £56 with patent

                                                              self regulating apparatus £60.

Upon the section? of Mr Myring it was unanimously resolved to recommend the acceptance 

of the tender of Messrs Pooley & Son Ltd as £54 , subject to an undertaking being given by 

them to deliver and erect the Weighbridge upon the foundations [which the Guardians 

provide] at the New Workhouse.

 

 John W. Starkey

Chairman of Board 

 

New Workhouse Committee

1st April 1903

 

Present:- Mr. J.W. Sankey  Chairman

Revs.

J.J. Darmody, G.W. Johnson, Messrs Moreton, Myring, Plant & Pritchard.

It was decided that the kitchen and scullery in the Administration Block be paved with small

red tiles, [as in some of the corridors] instead of asphalt.

The question of the numbers of Chairs required was considered.

The Master reported that in all there would be 2298 required, 316 of which could be provided

from those now in use, those to be purchased being as follows:-

1706            Ordinary Chairs

    84            Low Back Arm Chairs

  168            High Back Arm Chairs

    24            Wicker Arm Chairs

The pattern of the ordinary chairs & the 84 low back arm chairs were selected. The Chairman

& Vice Chairman were asked to select a pattern for the high back arm chairs. The Clerk was 

directed to issue an advertisement inviting tenders for these. 

The Wicker Chairs will be provided later.

The Architect reported upon his proposals 

New Workhouse Committee

19th April 1903

 

 Present:-Revs. J.J. Darmody & G.W. Johnson and W.H. Ward, Messrs Boyes,

Greensill, Beresford Jones, Moreton, Myring,Plant, Pritchard and Sankey.

 

It was unanimously resolved that Mr. J.W. Sankey be elected Chairman of the

Committee for the ensuing year.

 

J.W Sankey

Chairman of the Board 

                                 95-96

 

New Workhouse Committee

22nd April 1903

 

Present:- Mr J.W. Sankey  Chairman

Revs, J.J. Darmody and G.W. Johnson, Messrs Beresford Jones and Pritchard.

It was ordered that the next Meeting to be held on Monday May 11th 1903, at

3 o'clock.

The boring for the Artesian Well now extends to 200 feet. The Clerk was directed

to ask Messrs Isles & Co. to give an opinion as to the probable execution  ? of the work, 

and also to ask them to state their terms for boring beyond the 200feet provided for in their

Contract, in case water is not found at this depth.

The Clerk was directed to obtain an illustrated Price List from Messrs Atkinson, I

Institution Furnishers, London.

The Clerk was directed to ask the Architect to give an estimate of the cost including in

his arrangements for Electric Bells and Telephones, a system to register [electrically]

the times of the visits of the Night Attendants to the various parts of the House. The 

Indicator for all to be fixed in the Master's Office.

It was decided that the fixing of the

 

 

22nd April 1903

 

Baker's Oven in the Kitchen, be suspended until the further will fo the Committee

is made known.

It was decided to fix an  unstainable ? fence [489 feet in length] similar in make and 

height to that enclosing Vagrant Block, on the West Boundary of the Site, from the point

where the present wall from the Wolverhampton ends, to a point where the hedge forms 

the boundary on the far side of the piece of land recently exchanged with the Dugmore

Executors.

 

Chairs: An alternative pattern was adopted for the 1706 Chairs required. It was decided

that the seats be in one piece ,and of American Birch, the other parts of the Chairs of the 

same wood as the Sample. An advertisement to be issued for their Supply.

 

Lockers:- It was decided to advertise for tenders for the Lockers according to the pattern

made in the Workhouse , with tops of Opaline,Crystalline, or other similar prepared 

Surfacing or of pitch pine. The back piece not to extend above the flat top of the Locker 

and without any recess for a Cup of Mug.

 

Canvas Overlays: Ordered that Tenders be obtained for the following Overlays for Wire 

Mattresses                                   950             6.6  x  3.0

                                                     12             6.6  x  4.6

                                                     70             6.0  x  2.0

                                                       4             6.0  x  2.0

                                                     24             4.2  x  2.4

                                                     12             2.0  x  1.6

                                                    

                                                  97-98

 

22nd April 1903

 

Prices to be obtained for their Supply in each of two materials selected.

 

Mattresses: Ordered that the Mattresses for use in the hospital to be made in three

Sections. Size 3.0 x 2.1 to weigh when filled 10.1/2lb. The Ticking to be of the same 

quality & striping as the pattern selected. no seam on upper or under surface. The 

filling to be of Cocoa Coir, same quality as sample approved. 1000 to be purchased

Bolsters:- Ordered that 480 Bolsters to be purchased . Ticking and filling as the 

Mattresses. Weight when filled to be 4.1/2lb.Finish & size as approved.

Pillows:- Ordered that 200 Pillows be advertised for, the same size & finish as sample,

to be filled with feathers of same quality as approved . Weight when filled to be 2.1/2lb

 

John W. Sankey

Chairman of the Board

 

 

New Workhouse Committee

1st May 1903

 

Present:- Revs, J.J. Darmody , & G.W. Johnson, Messrs Boyes, Greensill, Myring and

Pritchard.

In the absence of the Chairman Mr. Pritchard was elected to preside.

The Master submitted and read a Specification he had proposed for the Window Blinds

required at the New Workhouse which are approximately 100 Venetian Blinds for the front

windows of the Administration Block and for the Board Room, and 2238 Spring Roller 

Holland Blinds for the remainder of the Windows.

The Specification  previously  submitted were approved after an ammendment that no 

Venetian Blinds be fitted , had been lost.

It was decided that an Advertisement be issued inviting Tenders  for their supply.

The Chairman and the Vice Chairman of the Board and the Rev, G.W. Johnson were

appointed to confer & report as to the probable proximity of water at the bore hole of 

the Artesian Well.

The Clerk was directed to request the Architect to furnish a report showing the number of 

days allowed the Contractor for holidays, inclement weather & c & the number of days

to be added for extra work 

 

W.H. Pritchard

Chairman of the Board

                                         99-100 

 

 

New Workhouse Committee

18th May 1903

 

 

Present:-

Mr. J.W. Sankey  Chairman.

Revs. J.J Darmody and G.W. Johnson, Messrs C.Boyes,H.Moreton,

W. Myring and W.H. Pritchard.

A number of the members of the Board were also present.

An informal inspection of the Buildings was made, no other business was transacted.

The Committee adjourned to 12 o'clock noon on Thursday the 21st instant at the

Workhouse.

The above report was read at a Meeting of the Board held on the 22nd May 1903.

John W. Sankey

Chairman of the Board

 

New Workhouse Committee 21st May 1903

 

 

Present:- Mr J.W  Sankey  Chairman

Revs.J.J Darmody,  & G,W, Johnson. Messrs Boyes, Beresford Jones, Moreton, Myring

and Pritchard.

The Committee met to consider Tenders for the following:-

1706                  Single Chairs

    84                  Low back Arm Chairs

  168                  High back Arm Chairs

  160                  Infirmary Beside Lockers

 999                   Matress Sections

 480                   Bolsters

 300                   Feather Pillows

1072                  Matress Overlays

  100                  Venetian Blinds

2235                  Self Rolling Holland Window Blinds

and also for Unclimbable Fencing & Gate

In all 94 Tenders wer received . These had been tabulated and printed under distinguishing

numbers, the names of the Tenderers not being disclosed until after the decision to select a 

Tender. Your Committee beg to recommend that the following Tenders be accepted,

 101-102

 

 

21st May 1903

 

 

This section is tabulated

 

 

The Committee inspected the sample of the Infirmary Cabinet which had been made in the 

Workhouse, and approved the same, and recommend that the Tender be invited by

advertisement for the supply of 11 to be exactly as sample in dimensions, make, & finish

the outside to be made of Pitch Pine wood, and the internal wood of White Deal, with tops 

of either Crystalline, Marble,Rarnarite ? Opaline or Glasier Ebonite. 

The Copmmittee inspected the sample table which had been made in the Workhouse.

It was edcided to recommend the Board adopt the same and to invite Tenders for the 

supply of 86 of the various sizes required. The tables to be  exact a pattern in every way, 

finish and workmanship, the top to be made of White Deal Wood and the remainder of 

American Bench Wood.

The foregoing Minutes were read at a Meeting of the Board held on 22 May 1903 and

the recommendations contained therein were approved and adopted.

 

John W Sankey

Chairman of the Board.   

 

 

NAME OF TENDERER

GOODS

Quantity 

Price

Total cost  

William Shears Wolverhampton

single chairs

1706

 

2

7

220 

 7

 2

William Shears Wolverhampton

High back arm chairs

168

 

6

3

52 

 10

 

Alfred Allen Birmingham

Low back arm chair

84

 

6

6

27 

 6

 

J.Edwards & Sons Wolverhampton

Bedside Lockers with

160

1

5

6

204 

 

 

 

Pitch Pine Tops

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E Brain & Sons Wolverhampton

Mattress sections

999 

 

2

11 

145 

 13

 9

Brookfields Windows Stafford

Feather Pillows

300 

 

2

34 

 7

 6

Brookfields Windows Stafford

Bolsters

480 

 

1

32 

 

 

Waring & Gillow Ltd Manchester

Matress Overlays

1072 

 

 

 

74 

11 

 2

 

as sample pattern "A"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wigley & Sons Wolverhampton

Ventian Blinds stained, 

100

 

 

 

33 

 4

 

 

varnished or painted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kendal Milne & Co

Holland window Blinds

2238

 

 

 

315 

 

 

 

(improved Hartshorn Roller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dudley Art Metal & Co

Unclimbable iron fencing

286 yrds approx

 

19

278 

 17

 

 

Iron Gate

 

 

 

 

12 

 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1413

18

7

 

  103-104

 

New Workhouse Committee

15th June 1903

 

Present:- Mr J.W. Sankey Chairman.

Rev. J.J. Darmody, Messrs Moreton, Myring and Pritchard.

The Minutes of the last Meeting were read.

Read letter from Local Government Board with regard to the boring for water and 

suggesting the wisdom of consulting a professional expert Geological with regard

to this Well. The boring now extends to 270 feet.

It was decided to recommend the Board to continue the boring to 300 feet and if 

water had not been reached, Mr Baldwin Latham C.E. be immediately instructed 

to report upon the position & possibilities.

The Committee recommend that the surface of the Soft Water Reservoir be 

finished off with a fine surface Gas Tar Asphalt instead of Cement.

Ordered that a strong room be formed of the space under the staircase on the 

left side of the entrance to the Administrative Block by the addition of a Strong

Room Door, the total cost not to exceed £20

 

 

18th June 1903

 

There are two roads to cross the Infirmary Corridor. It was decided that the large 

Gas Stove [6' x 6'] now being used at the present Workhouse to be fixed in the

Kitchen at the New Workhouse where a Kitchen Range was originally provided.

Further correspondance from Mr. Berrington with regard to his offer of land was 

read. It was decided that no new features had presented themselves since the

decision of the Committee on November 11th 1902.

It was decided that when White washing is provided for in the Estimate [except

in Outbuildings & fuel places] distemper shall be substituted.

The quickness of the sale of the old Workhouse premises and Site, was

considered. It was decided to refer the matter to the General Purposes Committee

for consideration.

The question as to who shall be invited to formally declare open the New

Workhouse and the date to be fixed for such ceremony, was  discussed

The Architect stated that arrangements could now be concluded for the opening

to take place at the end of August next. In view of

 

                                                    105-106

 

18th June 1903

 

 

this and the many details to be determined and dependant to some extent primarily

upon the persons' will who is invited to open the building it was decided to let the 

Board to at once come to a decision on this point, the actual date of opening to be

decided later.

Ordered that an advertisement be issued once in each of the Wolverhampton Papers

inviting Tenders for the supply of Telephones, Electric Bells & other fittings.

Ordered that further Meetings of this Committee be held on the 26th instant at the

present Workhouse and on July 7th at the New Workhouse.

It was decided to insure the Stock now being placed in various rooms, for £1000.

The question of insuring the whole of the buildings and contents when occupied to

be considered at the next Meeting.

A sample pattern of Mattress Overlays was approved.

The foregoing Minutes were read at a Meeting of the Board held on the 19th June

1903 and the recommendations contained therein, approved and adopted.

 

John W. Sankey

Chairman of the Board

 

 

New Workhous Committee  26th June 1902

 

Present:- Mr J.J. Sankey  Chairman.

Rev.G.W. Johnson, Messrs Plant, Greensill, Myring, Pritchard

 

The Committee considered the question of the two tenders for Infirmary Cabinets 

from the Educational Furnishing Co. Stourbridge & Mr. G. Amiss ? of Stafford, referred

to the Committee by the Board.After discussion it was resolved the Board accept the 

tender of Mr Amiss for the 11 Cabinets with 1" Sicilian ? Marble Tops at £107.0.0, the 

Clerk to give a direction to the Contractor  that the Clerk of the Works shall from time

to time visit their works at Stafford to inspect the wood used in their manufacture,

The Master was instructed to prepare a report as to the Staff of Officers likely to be

required at the New Workhouse, the Clerk to have the same printed & circulated 

amongst the Members of the Board, prior to its consideration by the General 

Purposes Committee.

The Clerk reported as to his interview with Mr.Roberts of Messrs Isles & Co, this action 

in directing that the bore hole be further  lined with perforated    

                                                   107-108 

 

tubes approved.

 

 

J.W. Sankey

JWS

 

 

New Workhouse Committee

7th July 1903

 

Present:- Mr. J.W. Sankey   Chairman

Rev. G.W. Johnson, Messrs Beresford Jones, Pritchard, Myring.

The Minutes of the last Meeting were read.

The Clerk read letters from Messrs Isles & Co. and his reply thereto 

After a discussion it was resolved that the Clerk ascertain from Profr.?

Lapworth of Birmingham, Mr Baldwin Latham of London their fee for 

advising with respect to the prospect  of obtaining a supply from the

Artesian Well. The Clerk was directed to pen Mr Woodward of the

Wolverhampton Corporation with regard to the supply of water at the

New Workhouse.

The question of insurance of the New Workhouse was further discussed

and adjoured to the next Meeting.

Tenders for Fire Guards & Fenders [referred to this Committee from the 

House Committee] were considered.It was decided that the tender of 

Mr Fred Garland of Alexandra Street Wolverhampton at 7/9 each be

recommende for acceptance.

It was decided that no arrangements to be made for a supply of Gas 

for Lighting purposes.

Tenders for the supply & fixing of the  Electric Bell 

                                                   111-112

 

 

New Workhouse Committee 17th July 1903

 

 

Present:- Mr J.W. Sankey Chairman

Revs. J.J. Darmody & G.W. Johnson, Messrs Boyes, Myring, Plant & Pritchard.

The Architect was also present.

The Plan Specifications of the Sump and Water for working same, and for the

other apparatus including Storage Tanks in connection with the pumping of of the 

rain water from the rain water tank, were before the Committee, and the 

Specifications were read.

It was decided to issue an advertisement inviting Tenders for the exectioin of the work

It was decided to ask the Contractor for the Painting to give a price for Painting the 

Radiators, and the various iron pipes where exposed in connection with the Electric

Lighting, and also the wood casing covering the Electric Wires. The Specifications

to be prepared by the Architect. Messrs Sankey, Pritchard, Myring & Boyes to 

[after conferring with the Architect] decide as to whether the Tender be accepted.

It was ordered that the Strong Room Door referred to in the resolutions of June 15th

1903 [30.103 ?] be purchased from Messrs Cyrus Price & Co.

It was decided that The Dispensary Fittings [other than the Central Cabinet Tables] be

 

7th July 1903

 

made by Messrs Fish & Sons according to their Scheduled Prices.

The boring for the water now extends to 300feet, Mr Holcroft who had been invited

to be present by the Chairman, stated after an inspection, that it would be wise at 

this point to carry out the suggestion of Messrs Isles & Co by pumping test the supply

of water now available. The Clerk read letter from Mr. Baldwin Latham that his fee for 

making an inspection, enquiring and report with reference to the boring for water would

be £25 [guineas] Professor Lapworth wrote that his fee would be Ten Guineas but he

could not undertake the work till October. The Clerk that immediately upon receipt of

Professor Lapworth's letter he went to Birmingham to see him on Tuesday last, and 

again on Wednesday, when he found that he left on his vacation on Tuesday. A further 

letter from Messrs Isles & Co stating that the boring now reaches to 300 feet & urging

that the supply now be tested, was read. It was decided that the supply be now tested

by Messrs Isles & Co at the price mentioned in their Contract viz: 70/- per day, the 

carriage of Pumping Apparatus extra. It was also decided to instruct Mr. Latham to 

inspect and report on the proximity of water & the present yield as shown by the test.

The Architect recommended that the floor of the Operating Room be laid with Terazzo

instead of Red Tiles as now provided for, the former would make a solid floor   

17th July 1903

 

 

without joints of any kind, with round corners joining the floor with the side walls and

quite impervious. It was unamimously decided that the floor be made of Terazzo, the

total increased cost not to exceed £15.

The question of insurance of the New Workhouse Buildings and ultimate contents 

was discussed. It was unanimously decided to recommend the Board to ask the

Royal Insurance Company through thei local Agent Mr.Millington to cover the 

Buildings and Contents in the total sum of £150,000.

The question of furnishing the Master's Office at once was discussed. Mr

Pritchard was requested to to ascertain the requirements & the cost of what was

required.

It was decided that the Master prepare as far as he is at present able, a list of the

new furniture that will be required in the various Officers' Rooms, the furniture now

in use to be utilized to the fullest extent.

The Clerk reported that the Dudley Art Metal Co. suggested when signing their 

Contract for the Unclimbable Fencing that the weight of 28 ? Verticals to a 9ft

length may cause the Horizontals to sag a little and suggested the fixing of two 

supports [with earth plates] to the bottom Horizontal in each 9ft length, these they 

would include at an extra cost of 9d per yard It was ordered that this be done.

 

17th July 1903

 

 The Clerk reported on his interview with Mr. Woodward the Water Engineer to the

Wolverhampton Town Council as to the inadeuate supply of Water to the New 

Workhouse.Mr. Woodward stated that the supplying capacity was being doubled  

to Heath Town which would, he thought, enable the Guardians to receive all the 

water required and that he would press on the work, which would be completed

by September next. The Clerk was directed to ask Mr. Woodward if the Railway

Co. had yet granted permission for the main to be carried over their Bridge.

It was decided that the Advertisement foe an Engineer be inserted in the Wolverhanpton

& Birmingham Papers only.

It was decided that the next Meeting to be held Wenesday August 5th at 3pm. 

The above Minutes were read at a meeting of the Board held on the 31st July 1903 and 

the recommendations contained therein approved and adopted.

 

John W Sankey

Chairman of the Board   

 115-116

 

 

New Workhouse Committee

5th August 1903

 

 

Present Mr. J.W. Sankey   Chairman

Messrs Moreton, Myring, Pritchard, Plant & Beresford Jones.

The Minutes of the last Meeting were read.

The Clerk stated that he had not received the report by Mr. Baldwin Latham as to 

the Artesian Well and was directed to write requesting that it be furnished at an 

early date.

The Clerk was directed to inform Messrs Isles & Co.that all operations as regards

pumping and boring be suspended until further instructions are given. The pumping

test was made on Monday last, since which day no further work has been done by

Messrs Isles.

It was decided that the tenders of Messrs W.J. Spend? & Sons the Sub Contractors

for Painting ?? for Painting the Radiators and  some coverings be accepted as follows:

           78     Small Radiators      @   2/- ea   

             9     Large      "              @   3/- ea 

Approximately  300ft   3.1/2" gird  from Radiators  1/2d   per ft

          "            300ft  2.1/2"  "      "        "            1/4d    "

          "           1400ft  8" pipes in Imbecile Block  1/4d    "

          "           8000ft  6"    "     "  Workhouse       1/4d    "

          "           3000ft  Electric Tube Piping           1/2d    "

          "             460ft  Wood Casing                    1/2d    "

[These figures do not 'add up'-need to be verified]

for approximate sum  already stated Total     £27.4.5

& instructions given for this work to be proceeded

 

5th August 1903

 

with at once.

The Clerk was directed to write to the Architect urging the forwarding of the further 

particulars to enable the supplemental estimates by Messrs Woods, Stack & Co. in

connection with the Electric Bells and Telephone Installation is to be obtained.

The Clerk reported that the Architect had advised the despatch of the Plan for the

Central Cabinet Table for the Dispensary, and was decided that, subject to the approval

of the Plan by the Chairman of the Dispensary Committee an advertisemant be issued 

inviting tenders for its supply.

The Clerk reported as to his interview with Mr. Woodward the Borough Water Engineer.

The permission of the Railway Company has not yet been obtained to enable the

completion of the extra water supply to Heath Town. It was decided that Mr. Woodward 

be further urged to give the Guardians some definite indication when the work will be

completed.Ordered that the Clerk write the Contractors for Iron Fencing asking them

to expedite delivery.

Mr Pritchard submitted prices for the furniture necessary for the Master's Office & it was 

decided to purchase from Messrs Edwards & Sons 

One    Roll Top  Desk      £10.10. 0

One    Revolving Chair         8.  3. 6 

Three  Douglas  Chairs    @      7. 6   each

 5th Audust 1903

 

It was further decided that Mr. Pritchard & the Master arrange for the purchase of Cork 

Linoleum for the floor.

The question of the date for the formal opening of the New Workhouse was considered

and it was resolved to make the following recommendation to the Board that the Opening 

Ceremony be held on September 24th upon which day an inspection be made of the 

buildings & that the inmates be removed from the present Workhouse to their new home

on the following day.

That arrangements to be made for the general public to inspect the buildings and see 

generally upon such days and at such times as may be afterwards fixed.

It was decided that the next meeting be held on the 17th inst. at 3.0 O'clock and that 

the Architect  be requested to prepare a report as to the  work not yet completed that is

likely to affect the occupation of the premises.

It was reported that the proposed Plan as to the arrangement of the Board Room Furniture

had not been received from the Architect

The Committe recommend that a screen with a 3ft 6in door be placed in the main entrance

passage.

It was decided that a signal bell be fixed

 

5th August 1903

 

on the west gable  of the Kitchen, and that arrangements be made for more room for 

working in the basement of the House, the Clerk of Works being directed to at once

proceed with the work.

The Clerk was directed to write the Architect requeting the replacement of certain Wood 

Tops of the Ironing Tables which have been rejected, and as to the fittings for the padded

room.

Ordered that Matchboarding be fixed over the doors to the ceiling of the Water Closets 

in the Imbecile aand Epileptic Wards & that cisterns be cased.

It was decided that three bays to be fitted with racks be arranged for in the basement, the

detail for which the Clerk of Works has prepared.

The above Minutes were read at a Meeting of the Board held on the 14th August and the

recommendations found therein were approved and adopted.

 

John W Sankey

Chairman of the Board

                                  119-120

New Workhouse Committee

17th August 1903

 

Present:-Mr J.W. Sankey  Chairman

Revs. J.J. Darmody & G.W. Johnson, Messrs Beresford Jones, Moreton & Myring

It was decided to ask Messrs Fish & Sons to give a price for supplying the Central

Cabinet for the Dispensary and that an advertisement inviting Tenders for its supply

to be issued.

Authority was given to Messrs Fowler, Langley & Wright to obtain the assistance of 

a Surveyor in settling the position of the boundary Wall on the North side of the Site.

The following supplementary Estimates for additions to the previous Contracts were 

accepted from Messrs Woods, Stack & Co:-

Telephones Two Wall Instruments,One Duplicate Switchboard, three additional ways

on board originally quoted for, extra wire & labour fixing ,One able Instrument £73.5.0

Telltales  One forty way Gents Clock as specified [cost of ten additional ways],Thirteen

watertight Pegging Boxes . Four hundred yards excavating and Galvanized gas barrel 

lead covered wire and soft copper wire,cleats etc and extra labour:-Extra on original 

estimate :-£176.7.0

Bells Five six inch watertight pushes,two five way indicators, twelve plain pushes,six

three inch bells, extra bell wire and labour  :- £32. 5. 0

 

The Clerk was directed to ask Messrs Isles & Co. what allowance they will make for the

tubes now in the boreholes if they are withdrawn before they remove their Machinery.

It was decided not to entertain an offer of Fire Indicators & Alarm apparatus.

The Architect submitted sketches and designs of the furniture for the Board Room

The same was approved and the Architect directed to prepare Specifications to be 

approved later , upon which an advertisement be issued inviting Tenders for its supply.

The Rev. J.J. Darmody & Mr Beresford Jones were appointed a Sub Committee to 

purchase the following:-

                               6 Couches                     6 Easy Chairs

                              24 Sitting Room Chairs    8 Tables

                                6 Sideboards                 1 Dozen BenchWood Chairs for

                                                                     Nurses Dining Rooms

and also obtain prices for the furniture &c required for the Masters' Apartments.

These Minutes were read at a Meeting of the Board held on the 28th August 1903 and

the recommendations contained therein were approved and adopted.

 

John W Sankey

Chairman of the Board

                                              121-122

 

 

New Workhouse Committee

25th August 1903

 

Present:-  Mr J.W. Sankey  Chairman

Revs. J.J. Darmody & G.G. Johnson and Mr. Plant.

The Architect was also present.

The Minutes of the last Meeting were read and confirmed.

The Tender of Messrs Fish & Sons to supply the Central Cabinet for the Dispensary

according to Plans & Specification, for £30 was recommended to the Board for 

acceptance 

Read letter from Messrs. Fowler Langley & Wright giving the boundary line they

have settled with the owner of the adjoining land on the Northern boundary of the 

Site. The settlement was agreed to and approved.

Read offer from Messrs. Isles as for foot? for the Tubes now sunk in the Borehole.

The price was subject to the cost of taking out and carriage.

The Clerk was directed to ask for a Net price.

The Chairman suggested the following hours in connection with the formal opening:-

 

                   Ceremony of opening                            11.30

                   Inspection                                            12 to 1.30

                   Luncheon                                               1.30

and the same were approved.

 

 

 

Mr. Sankey reported that he had ascertained from Alderman Moreton that the 

increased supply of Water to the New Workhouse by the time it is occupied

is now assured.

It was decided to recommend the Board to have the floor of the Board Room

covered with thick plain cork felting or linoleum. The Rev. J.J. Darmody & Mr.

H. Beresford Jones to obtain samples and prices.

It was decided  to furnish the room on the ground floor at the North West

Corner  of the Board Room Block for the use of the Clerk, and that a Roll Top

Desk, an Arm Chair,& 3 other chairs, similar to those recently bought for the 

Master's Office,to be purchased by the Rev. J.J. Darmody and Mr.H.Beresford

Jones.

The Specifications of the Board Room furniture were read and approved. The 

Clerk was directed to advertize for Tenders to be returned by first post on 

September 2nd and the authority of the Board asked to to enable this Committee

to deal with them and accept a Tender to expedite the delivery of the furniture.

It was decided that a Meeting of this Committee be held on Wednesday

September 9th at 3 0'clock.

These Minutes wre read at a Meeting of the Board held on the 28th August 1903

and the recommendations contained therein approved and adopted

 123-124

 

Meeting of the Committee for purchasing and recommending the purchase of

certain furniture & fittings required at the New Workhouse.

 

Meeting held 26th & 27th August 1903

Present:- Rev. J.J. Darmody & Mr. H. Beresford Jones.

Your Sub Committee have compared prices & patterns of various kinds of 

floor covering and recommend that the Board Room, Committee Room

adjoining, Nurses Dining Room, & two Sitting Rooms,two Officers' Mess 

Rooms and the Officers' Sitting Rooms be covered with Nairns' extra thick

cork carpeting for which Messrs Edwards & Sons price was quoted at 3/-

per square yard, laid [pasted] [since reduced to 2/11.1/2], and Messrs

Phillips & Jones price at 2/11d per square yard laid [pasted]. The Tender

of Messrs Phillips & Jones is recommended for acceptance.For the 

Bedrooms it is recommended that they be covered with the class of Carpet

known as Axminster Waste. Messrs Edwards & Sons price quoted 3/6

per yard, made and laid [since reduced to 3/4]; and Messrs Phillips & Jones

price quoted was 3/3 per yard made & laid, and the latter was recommended

for acceptance. In those Bedrooms where a strip of carpet only will be laid

the same quality of Carpet is recommended, or the Roman or other similar 

Carpeting, at the discretion of the Master. If the latter is used, the Master 

will give the order to the firm quoting the lowest price.

The following goods are recommended for purchase the prices being 10-25%

below market prices :-

From Messrs Edwards & Son

 3 Arm Chairs                        [Officers]                  each    11/6

 3        "                                    "                            "       15/-

11       "                                    "                            "       25/-

 2   Couches                             "                            "        95/-

 6        "                                    "                           "        50/-

24 Sitting Room Chairs [leather]  "                           "       17/6

 4        "                       [velvet]   "                            "      17/6

 9  Tables                                 "                            "       17/- 

 6  Sideboards                          "                             "      70/- 

           [3' 6" x 1' 6" as sample selected]

Stair Carpet  [Master]                                        @          11/6 per yard

       "           [Assistant Master and Assistant

                   Matron Stairs Horsehair

                   Carpet 22.1/2" wide ]                       @           3/-  per yard

Carpet for Master's Dining Room                                     £5 . 5. 0

    "      "       "       Drawing Room                                   £5. 12.6

       [Subject to it being right in coloring]

 

From Messrs Phillips & Jones [for  Master's Apartments.

Dining Room 

Oak Suite                                                                     £18

   "   Sideboard                                                              £15

   "   Table                                                                     £ 3. 15. 0

   "   Coal Vase                                                                     19/6

Bed Room

        Walnut Suite                                                         £24

             "     Bedstead                                                   £ 4

Drawing Room

Settee & two Easy Chairs

   [upholstered]                                                              £ 9

[conditional on being suitable to the Rooms]

Occasional Table                                                           27/6

              "                                                                     40/-

                                               125-126

 

 3   Occasional Chairs                                     63/- [the three]

      Brass Coal Vase                                       29/-

 

These recommendations are made after careful comparisons & pricings.

Your Sub Committee recommend that the Nurses Bed Rooms be furnished with a

Single Wardrobe, a combined Wash Stand & Dressing Table, one chair, set fender 

and fireirons. One  room has been so furnished, and your Sub Committee also 

recommended that 18 Single Wardrobes & 5 combined Dressing Tables and Wash

Stands for other Officers' Bedrooms, to be also bought, and recommend that Tenders

for the supply of the whole to be advertised for, Suites similar in all respects to the

sample bought including 19 fenders and sets of fireirons.

Read to a Meeting of the New Workhouse Committee August 28th 1903 'approved'

recommended  to the Board for acceptance.

 

John W Sankey

 

New Workhouse Committee

28th Aug 1903

 

Present: Mr. J.W. Sankey   Chairman

Rev G.W. Johnson.   Rev, J.J. Darmody

Mr. F.W.Plant & Mr. Beresford Jones.

The Clerk read the report by the Sub Committee appointed to consider as to the

Purchase of certain furniture, particulars of which are given on the foregoing three

pages.

Upon the motion of the Chairman the report was unanimously approved and

recommended to the Board for acceptance

 

John W Sankey

Chairman

                                                   127-128

 

2nd September 1903

 

A Meeting of the New Workhouse Committee was convened for this date, one Member 

only, the Rev. J.J. Darmody attending, who, with Messrs Icke & White, made an informal

inspection of the Buildings.

 

J.W. Sankey.

 

New Workhouse Committee

9th September 1903

 

Present:- Mr. J.W. Sankey   Chairman

Rev. J.J Darmody, Mr. Pritchard

The Architect was also present.

The Clerk reported as to his action in purchasing half the quantity of Axminster Waste

Carpeting from Messrs Phillips & Jones and half from Messrs Edwards & Sons @ 2/10 

per yard in lieu of the whole quantity from Messrs Phillips & Jones at 3/3 as recommended 

by the Sub Committee, which was approved.

The Clerk reported that the Contractors for the Board Room Furniture had stated that the 

size of the  of the Members' Chairs &mthe Chairman's Chair [as shown on the drawings]

was smaller  than normally made and supplied, by them & suggested they should be  

2ft 2 in x 2ft 2in instead of 1ft 9in x 1ft 9in.For making the Chairs the size suggested their 

extra price would be 2/- per chair. After discussion it was decided that the Chairs be of the

size suggested by the Contractor.

It was decided to recommend that a desk and seats be provided for the use  of the Clerk's

Assistant, similar to the reporters desk as now shown.  [ JWS has initialled some 'errata'

on this page ]  

                                                  129-130

 

The Clerk reported that he had given notice to the Contractors for the supply of

Mattresses, that the Mattresses they have delivered are not of the quality

contracted for & requested thir removal in accordance  with the terms of the

agreement with them. The Contractors attended and the Mattress opened by the 

Master, and two other  Mattresses, taken from those delivered to the New 

Workhouse were inspected. The Committee found that the Coir is not of the 

quality subcontracted for, and the Contractors were informed that they must 

adhere to the conditions of the Agreement and supply others that are satisfactory.

The Clerk reported that the Secretary to the Dudley Art & Metal Co.[the Contractor

for Iron Fencing] had had an interview with him in which he requested that the 

Guardians would extend the time mentioned in their Contract for the supply and

fixing of the Fencing one or not more than two weeks, by which time he hoped 

to complete the Contract.After consultation it was decided that the Clerk ascertain 

by Friday, if they can definitely promise delivery of the Fencing within the two

weeks suggested extension of  time, if it is allowed by the Guardians.

It was decided to recommend that Messrs Barret & Son be instructed to prepare 

a plan of the land upon which the Workhouse Bilston Road, stands, for the purpose

of offering it in portions for sale as they may deem to be most desirable.

The Clerk was directed to write to the Architect with reference to the dado in the 

Corridor of the Imbecile Block at present unfinished,& as to the fire extinguishing

appliances.

Ordered that the Architect be requested to give an estimate of the cost of an 

auxiliary tank of 3000 Gallons capacity for storing rain water for use  in the

Boilers together with the necessary fittings, connections.

 

These Minutes were  read at a           ]

Meeting of the Board held on             ]            John W Sankey

11th Sept 1903 and the recomm-       ]             Chairman

endations contained therein adopted  ]  

                                                    131-132

 

New Workhouse Committee

Septr 2nd 1903

 

Mr Sankey  Chairman

Rev. J.J. Darmody  Messrs Greensill, Pritchard & Boyes.

 

The Clerk read letter from the Architect in reply to the communication directed by

the Committee as to the dado in the Imbecile Block.

The question as to the fire extinguishing apparatus was adjourned to the next Meeting.

The Architect stated that the cost of an auxiliary tank for storing Rain Water for use in the 

Boilers would be £80-£90. The question as to the fixing of such a tank, was, after 

discussion, adjourned to the next Meeting.

The Clerk reported the receipt of a letter from the Contractors for the Unclimbable Iron

Fencing. It was decided that if the Contractors can give  a definite reply tomorrow [Saturday]

that the Fencing will be delivered and fixed by the 30th instant they be allowed the 

extension of time to that date, failing which the Board be recommended to enter into a 

Contract with the next Contract tenderer for the execution of the work.

The Committee recommend that authority be given for the purchase of fittings and 

appliances for the Operating Theatres at a cost not exceeding £120 from Messrs

Down Bros.?

 

11th Septr 1903

 

The Contractors for the supply of Mattresses submitted two samples of 

Mattresses filled with Coir which had been 'teased', which were inspected 

by the Members ?, The Contractors were informed that if the Mattresses were 

filled with Coir equal to that now submitted, they would not be rejected but it 

was decided there be no reduction in the amount specified to be inserted in

each Mattress.[JWS has initialled some errata in the margin]

 

These Minutes were read at a Meeting of the   ] 

Board held on the 11th Septr 1903 and the      ]   John W Sankey

recommendations contained therein adopted   ]   Chairman

                                                  133-134

 

New Workhouse Committee

11th September 1903

 

 

Present:-   Mr. J.W. Sankey  Chairman

Rev.J.J. Darmody Messrs Greensill,Beresford Jones, Moreton and Myring.

The Clerk reported that no satisfactory answer had been received from the

Dudley Art Metal Co. as to a definite promise for the completion of their

Contract, the time stipulated for which had now passed. The matter was left 

with the Committee to discuss as to purchasing from the next lowest tenderer.

It was decided to recommend the Board to fix an auxiliary tank of 3000 gallons 

capacity for supplying the boilers with rain water, the Architect's estimate for 

which [with the necessary fittings], is £80-£90.

Ordered that 2 Boat Loads of 'Deep' Slack be obtained from the Holly Bank

Colliery Co.

The question of the adequacy of the fire extinguishing appliances was adjourned

to the next Meeting at which the Architect is present.

The Committee interviewed the Engineer as to the assistance he will require in

running the Engines &c.He said he would require an Assistant with Knowledge 

of Electricity and also a Mechanic and that the Boilers would require 3 Stokers.

It was decided to recommend the Board to appoint an Assistant Engineer at a

salary of 36/- weekly and a Mechanic's labourer with Knowledge of High Speed 

Engine Driving and of Electric Lighting Plant at a salary of 32/- weekly.It was also

decided to recommend the Board to appoint three Stokers at a salary of 28/- 

weekly.

The recently appointed Night Porter asked to be appointed a Stoker. It was 

decided to recommend the Board appoint him, and select his successor as Night

Porter from amongst the applicants who recently applied for that appointment,

without readvertising.

Read letter from Rust's Vitreous Mosaic Co, to the Architect stating that they had

had difficulty in making the angles and promising to use every effort to expedite the 

completion of the dado in the Imbecile and Epileptic Corridor.

The next Meeting was fixed for Monday the 21st instant at 11.30.

These Minutes were read at a Meeting of the Board held on 25th September 1903

and the recommendations contained therein were approved and adopted.

 

John W Sankey

Chairman of Board

                                                   135-136

 

 

New Workhuse Committe

21st September 1903

 

Present:-  Mr.J.W. Sankey  Chairman

               Rev. J.J. Darmody, Messrs Moreton,Plant, and Pritchard.

 

It was decided that the Auxiliary Tank [referred to a Folio 133] be purchased from

Messrs J Wolstenholme & Co, for £65.

It was decided that the fixing of the Rust's Vitreous Tiles in the Infirmary & Epileptic

Block on Wednesday be suspended until further orders.

It was decided that all work by the Contractor be suspended on Wednesday until 

Monday next. This shall not necessarily apply to the Engineers and fitters or to any

workmen whose services are required by the Master of the Workhouse.

The Architect  submitted a scheme for fire extinguishing appliances which was 

approved except that the specification be such that admits of competion by the

various makers of such appliances.

The Committee inspected the Buildings and gave such orders as to the progress

of the work of completion as was deemed expedient.

These Minutes were read at a Meeting of the Board held on the 25th September 

and the recommendations contained therein approved and adopted.

 

John W Sankey               John W Sankey  [twice signed]

Chairman of Board 

 

 New Workhouse Committee

14th October 1903

 

Present   Mr. J.W. Sankey   Chairman

              Revs. J.J. Darmody & G.W. Johnson

              Messrs Myring & Pritchard

The Minutes of the last Meting were read.

The Clerk was directed to ascertain if the Architect had prepared a Specification

of the Fire Appliances required.

Ordered that £8 be accepted as the value of the Water supplied by Messrs Moss?

& Co. to Messrs Isles & Co in connection with their boring operations, and that a

cheque to be drawn in their favour for that amount.

The Central Infirmary Lockers, and the Tables supplied under respective Contracts,

were accepted as according to Contract.Ordered that they be now paid for.

The Clerk read letter from Messrs G.H Woods, Slacke ? & Co.in which they offered

to maintain the plant from 7am to 6pm daily until the 17th instant, free of any further

charge: he had [after consulting the Engineer, who stated he could arrange to take it

over outside these hours] accepted their offer.The driver-fitter had entered upon his 

duties & the Assistant Engineer would do so on the 19th instant. Messrs Woods 

                                          137-138

 

14th October 1903

 

 

offered as an alternative to maintain the plant themselves entirely foe £10 per week.

The Clerk's action was approved.

It was decided that a gin ? drain pipe be laid inside the fencing to be erected upon that 

portion of the Western Boundary of the Site created by the recent exchange of Land.

The Clerk read a letter from Mr D, Stevenson stating that the Chloride Electrical Storage

Co. had offered to maintain and repair the Batteries for a period of 5 years for the sum 

of £39 per year & for a further term of 5 years for the sum of £44 per year, and

recommending that the offer be accepted. The matter was adjourned  that Mr Hardy

may be consulted as to whether he could not do most of this work.

Ordered that a Wood & Glass Partition with doors be erected to enclose the Engine 

and appartenant? Machinery in the Laundry.

The Clerk reported that the Architect attended at the Workhouse yesterday with

reference to the matter reported by the Master at the last Meeting of the House

Committee, & now read his report thereon.

It was decided to connect the Meat and Fish Stores by a doorway, The Fish Store

is little used as the Fish is cooked within a few hours of its receipt. It was ordered 

that provision be made for hanging the Meat.

The Architect explained that in his original plan he provided accomodation

 

14th October 1903

 

in the Receiving Wards for 12 men & 12 women, but this was reduced partly on the

recommendation of the Assessor ? in the Plan competition [which was read], and

partly upon the suggestion of the Local Government Board. It was considered that 

with a Resident Medical Officer the wards would be found sufficient for requirements,

and no action was taken.

With respect to provision on the Male Side of the Main Building the Architect stated 

that he originally provided for another Partition but wss then considered not to be 

necessary and was taken out of the Plan.

There is at present accommodation provided  for 336 men - during the past week the 

average number sleeping on this side was 290 & the number  had exceeded 400, last

Winter 500 men had to be provided for.

A Motion that the Architect be asked to give the approximate cost of completing the

half partition or of erecting another partition, was negatived.

It was decided to recommend the Board to have a 'call over' of the Men, immediately.

It was also decided to recommend the Board  to direct the Houuse Commitee to

consider the tasks of work for the men in the House certified fit for work by the

Medical Officer.

Ordered that 6 Ventilators be placed in the Trunk? & 2 in the Pump Room if the latter 

are considered necessary after a further inspection by the Chairman & Vice Chairman

of the Board. The Chairman & Vice Chairman in consultation with the Master to decide

position of same  

                                         141-142

 

 

23rd October 1903 

 

Ordered that one Clinometer? and one Galvanometer be purchased Mr. Stevenson to give

the names of Makers he recommends.

Ordered that the Telephone now placed in one of the Lavatories to the Board Room, be 

moved to the room on the right of the entrance to the Board Room Block

The Clerk read Specification of Fire Appliances required.Ordered that the same be approved

and an advertisement be issued inviting Tenders for their supply,

The Master reported that the Laundry Machinery was not working quite satisfactorily.The

Architect stated he was dealing with the matter.

In reply to a question the Architect reported that he had been in communication with Messrs

Rust who had had reported to him that the corners for the dado in the Imbecile Block were 

completed and was requested to urge that the corners now be finished without further delay.

Ordered that the next Meeting be held on Tuesday the 3rd November at 2.30 pm.

 

W.H. Pritchard

Chairman of Committee

These Minutes were read at a Meeting of the Board held on the 6th November 1903 and the

recommendations contained therein approved and adopted.   

 

Chairman of Board

 

New Workhouse Committee

3rd November 1903 

 

Present      Messrs. Beresford Jones, Myring, Plant and Pritchard.

In the absence of Mr. Sankey, Mr Pritchard to preside.

The Committee considered the Specification of the Goods for the Operating Theatre &c 

referred to this Committee by the Board. It was decided to recommend the Board to

purchase from Messrs Down Bros the goods mentioned in their List

viz.        For the Operating Theatre             £114. 1 .2

             For the Hospital                           £ 29.15 .0 

Ordered that the large window in the Operating Theatre be divided & the Centre Third portion

be made to open as a casement window.

The Committee inspected various building works.

 

                                           Chairman of the Committee

These Minutes were read at aMeeting of the Board on the 6th November 1903 & the 

recommendations therein approved and adopted.

 

W.H. Pritchard

Chairman of Board

                                             143-144

 

New Workhouse Committee

10th November 1903

 

 

Present     Mr J. W. Sankey   Chairman

                Rev. J.J. Darmody and Mr. Pritchard.

 

It was decide that Mr Marshall be requested to state what Contracts are still 

incomplete and the length of time they will take to complete & to be informed that

the Guardians take it for granted that there is no doubt that all workmen will be off

the job by Christmas. It was also decided to ask Mr.  Marshall what measurements

remain to be taken by the Clerk of Works, assuming that each measurements have 

been made as the works have progressed.

The Committee adjourned the consideration of the Tender for Fire Extinguishing

Appliances until the Architect is present.

The Committee considered the Tenders for lagging.It was thought unnecessary to

lag small pipes with 3 inches as specified.

It was decided to ask Messrs. Hickman for an amended Tender stating what their 

price will be for the work using for the smaller pipes covering sufficient only to show 

a temperature on the outside of not more than 15 degrees higher than the surrounding

atmosphere,

It was decided that the next Meeting to be held on Tuesday next at 3 o'clock

 

R.H. Pritchard

Chairman of Board

 

New Workhouse Committee 

November 17th 1903  

 

Present  The Rev, J.J. Darmody, Messrs Beresford Jones,Messrs Myring and Plant.

In the absence of Mr. Sankey, the Rev. J.J. Darmody was elected to preside.

The Chairman firstly explained to the Architect the anxiety of the Guardians to see the 

work cmpleted with all despatch.The Architect in reply to the Chairman that with the 

exception of the Road Making he considered that all the Contractors & workmen should 

be finished and off the job by the end of the year: he regretted the Mosaic Dado in the 

Imbecile Wards was not yet completed & the Manufacturers of the Corners now state 

that the completion of this work is controlled by the making of the corners to make a 

sufficient number of which takes much time.

Mr Marshall further stated that the Clerk of Works was making, under his superintendance,

a complete Block & Ground Plan showing all drains, pipes, connections &c.

The Tender of Mr W.H. Hilton to substitute sunk inkwells for the inkwells now on the 

Board Room Tables at a cost of £3.15.0,  was recommended to the Board for acceptance.

The considerarion of the Tenders for     

                                                 145-146

 

 

17th November 1903

 

 

Fire Extinguishing Appliances was adjourned.

The Architect stated that the Clerk of the Works was proceeding as fast as possible 

with the measuring up.

Mr Whethered ? the Local Government Board Inspector was making his Inspection

of the Workhouse & attended the Meeting. He complained that the Laundry Machinery

was not yet in full working order. He called the attention of the Committee to 13 Sheets

which were scorched, how he had been unable to ascertain. Mr Wethered? suggested

that as it was practically impossible for the Master & Matron to see all the Inmates in 

bed before 9 o'clock at night as required by the regulations that Officers in Charge who

made any part of such inspection should report fully to the Master: he also considered  

that all persons returning from leave should be seen by an officer: he also suggested 

that any Officer taking an inmate up to the Infirmary should be directed to take the Inmate

the the Superintendant  Nurse and not to a Probationer Nurse. Mr Wethered? considered that

more supervision is required.Mr Wethered? drew attention to the overcrowding on the Male

Side: there were increases as against this time last year of 19 children 55 men & 12 women:

there were only 3 able bodied men more than at this time last year.

The Committee inspected the position of the Fire Hydrant now fixed outside the Buildings

visited several of the Wards where the Inspector had suggested that Fire Guards should be 

immediately fixed to the fireplaces.

 

W.H. Pritchard

Chairman 

                                            147-148

 

 

New Workhouse Committee

25th November 1903

 

 

Present:   The Revs. J.J. Darmody & G.W. Johnson

                Messrs Moreton & Pritchard.

 

It was decided that during the absence of Mr.Sankey from England. Mr Pritchard act as

Chairman of this Committee.

The Clerk reported the receipt of a letter from the Architectt stating that the Manufacturers 

of the Mosaic Tiling had informed him thar the "corners" were now ready for fixing.

No satisfactory explanation is yet forthcoming as to how 13 sheets were scorched, referred 

to by the Inspector.

It was decided subject to the Master making satisfactory arrangements for full reports of 

regular visits to the Dormitories by specified Officers, that to sucn  extent as may be found

necessary visits by himself and the Matron before 9 o'clock each night according to the 

regulations, be dispensed with.

Ordered that all inmates returning from leave be seen by the Porter before being passed into 

the House.

Ordered that an Inmate upon being taken to the Infirmary, be taken to the Superintendant 

Nurse, or she must be immediately informed, or in her absence to a Charge Nurse.

 

25th November 1903

 

In order to provide for greater and more continued suprevision by the Master upon the 

administration of the House & of the Officers it was decided that he be relieved of 

purely clerical work as far as possible & for this purpose the Board is recommended

to appoint a Junior Clerk in the Master's Office at a salary of 8/- weekly & dinner & tea daily

& if the Board so decide, this Committee recommends the appointment of Mr. Chaplin who was 

recently a candidate for a similar post which he only failed to obtain by one vote.

The Clerk read a letter and further Tender from Messrs. Hicksons Ltd. for covering the Pipes in

the Pump Room. It was decided the Clerk invite further Tenders from the three previous lowest 

Tenderers for certain work specified.

The Committee inspected the Boilers & Machinery & noticed that in several instances the joints

were not tight.

It was decided that the next Meeting be held on Tuesday next at 11 o'clock the Architect & a

representative from Messrs Ashwell & Nesbitt be asked to attend.

 

                                                         Chairman of Committee

These Minutes were read at a Meeting of the Board held on 4th of December 1903 and rhe

reommendations contained therein approved and adopted

 

W.H.Pritchard

Chairman of Board 

                                              149-150

 

 

New Workhouse Committee

1st December 1903

 

 

Present:-  Mr. W.H. Pritchard   Chairman

               Revs. J.J. Darmody & G.W. Johnson and Mr. Plant

               The Architect was also present.

The Committee inspected the Boiler & Machinery & pointed out to Mr Atkinson [Messrs

Ashwell & Nesbitt] several places in the Boilers where joints were not tight and steam

escaping. Mr Atkinson promised to communicate with Messrs Thompson, the Makers of 

the Boilers.

Ordered that stand Pipes to be permanently fixed  to the present hydrants, such Pipes to

be enclosed in Wood Boxes.

The Master reported that the Mosaic Corners were now being completed.

Ordered that the present range in the Kitchen be replaced by a larger one say 4ft 6in or

4ft 9in wide to enable all the cooking required in the House to be cooked there; now much 

of the heavier cooking is done in the Kitchen in the Administrative Block.

It was decided that the next Meeting be held on Wednesday December 16th at 3.30 the 

Architect being informed that unless so desired later that he

 

 

1st December 1903

 

 

need not attend.

 

 

                                    Chairman of Committee

These Minutes were read at a Meeting of the Board to be held on 4th December 1903 and

the recommendations contained therein, approved and adopted.

 

 

W.H. Pritchard

Chairman of Board

                                                  151-152

           

 

New Workhouse Committee

16th December 1904

 

 

Present:-

              Mr. W.H. Pritchard   Chairman

Revs. J,J. Darmody & G.G.Johnson  Messrs. F.W.Plant H. Beresford Jones, W. Myring

and H. Moreton..

 

The Clerk reported that the Chloride Battery Co now declined to enter into a Contract for

the maintenance of the Battery and read correspondance between the Company and

Mr. Stevenson.

The Clerk reported that he had ordered an Electrical Log Book for the Engineer and 

suggested that an Electrical Expert should be appointed to visit say twice yearly to inspect

the plant and working and advise the Engineer generally and to whom weekly copies of the

Log Book might be sent, that any snag? or failure, might be detected , before any great 

damage was done.It was decided that there was no need to supervise the Engineers work in

the way suggested.

Read letter from Mr. Stevenson stating that he tested  consumption of current between 

midnight on Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday. He made certain recommendations with a view

to greater economy in the consumption of Electricity.It was decided that the Master report

upon what he proposed under this head.

 

 

16th December 1903

 

In reply to a question the Clerk stated that the times and entering of the 

Workhouse by the Clerk of Works ought to be entered in the Porters

Book The Master promised that this should be done in future.

The Committee considered the tenders for Lagging and decided to 

recommend the Board to accept the tender of Messrs Hodgson and Hodgson

at £91.5.0.

It was decided to hold the nest Meeting on Wednesday December 30th at

8 o'clock, Mr Marshall to be asked to attend.

 

 

 

 

                                                            Chairman of Committee

 

These Minutews were read at a Meeting of the Board held on the 18th December

1903 and the recommendation s contained therein approved and adopted.

 

W.H. Pritchard

Chairman of Board  

                                               153-154

 

New Workhouse Committee

30th December 1903

 

 

Present:- Mr. W.H. Pritchard in the Chair.

Revs. J.J. Darmody & G.W. Johnson and Mr. Moreton.

Thje Architect was also present.

It was reported that the whole of the work is now practically complete, with the

exception of the Road Making.The contractors are now 'clearing up', and  the 

electricians work is done excepting the fixing of the Tell Tale Clock and a little

work in connection with the Telephones. The Master stated that the Laundry 

Machinery is at present working satisfactorily

Attention was called to the presence of damp beneath the Linoleum on the Floor

of the Committee Rooms in the Board Room Block, probably caused by an escape

of steam from the Pipe Trunks. It was suggestred that a Floor Board in each of the 

rooms to be taken up and the Contractors requested to remove the cause of complaint.

The Architect reported that the dado in the Corridors of the Imbecile Block is now

complete.

Two of the Boilers have been examined and the Joints &c put in order the third will be 

done when it is not in use.

 

 

30th December 1903

 

In reply to questions,  the Architect stated that he considered it very desirable that the

Clerk of Works should remain in the service of the Guardians until March.

The Master report as to the consumption of Electricity was oredered to be presented at 

the next Meeting of this Committee, and the Architect was requested to report on upon

the Heating Apparatus in the Board Room.

It was decided  to recommend the purchase of 1 Everest & Vignoles 200 volt Olimeter? &

Testing Set and Galvanometer from Messrs Woods, Slacke? & Co. The Clerk read letter 

from Mr D. Stevenson Electrical Consulting Engineer stating he is of the opinion that this 

Testing Set is the most reliable make and that one should be provided for the use of the

Engineer.

It was decided to hold the next Meeting on Tuesday the 26th January at 3.0 p.m.

 

                                         Chairman of Committee

 

These Minutes were read at a Meeting of the Guardians held on the 1st January 1904 and 

the recommendations contained therein approved and adopted.

 

W.H. Pritchard

Chairman of Board  

                                     155-156

 

 

New Workhouse Committee

26th January 1904

 

The Meeting of the New Workhouse Committee was convened for this date, but the

only members present were Messrs Pritchard and Myring. No Meeting was therefore

held.

The Architect was in attendance and the Members considered several matters which 

had been referred to the New Workhouse Committee. It was decided to recommend that 

the Board call the attention of the Engineers [Messrs, Ashwell & Nesbitt] to the pipe from

the Iron Heater in the Laundry which is now carried straight into the wall of the Stores. It

is recommended that the pipe be carried nearly to the ceiling before being taken into the

wall. It is also recommended that two radiators be fixed in the Stores adjoining the Laundry,

and that the Architect's attention be called to a leakage in the exaust pipe in the sorting

room of the Clothing Stores.

The Medical Officer reported that another sink is required in the Operating Theatre, which it 

is recommended should be fixed. A further radiator is also required, the Architect offered to

supply one of his own design.

 

 

26th January 1904

  

The Members were also informed that the Mortuary requires some warming apparatus.

The Architect presented a plan he had prepared for a building for storing coal.

                                                 157-158

 

 

New Workhouse Committee

18th February 1904

 

 

A Meeting of the New Workhouse Committee was covened for this date the only

Members present were Messrs. Pritchard and Plant. No Meeting was therefore held.

It was decided to recommend the Board to buy a Sutcliffe's National Chimney Pot

as an experiment for the Smoky Chimneys of the Medical Officers and other rooms

With regard to the heating of the Padded Room it was decided to recommend that 

a pipe be fixed to go around the room near the Ceiling

The consideration of the heating of the Single Wards in the Insane Block was 

adjourned to the next Meeting, as was the question o the erection of a Chalet ?

over the Infirmary Corridor; th Architect to make suggestions thereon.

It was decided that instead of the Two Radiators to be fixed in the Stores adjoining

the Laundry, a hot water pi[pe be fixed.

The Master reported on the Electric Lighting at the Workhouse.It was decided to

recommend that the Street Lamps leading to the Nurses' House be discontinued 

altogether until further Orders.

With regard to the five Street Lamps from the Insane Wards to the Infectious Block,

It was decided to recommend that a separate switch be fitted to the Lamp immediately 

in front of the entrance to the Insane Block, the other four to have a second switch  not to 

be used except in case of emergency.

The Switch for these Lamps on the road leading to the Casual Ward is in  Pavilion E.

It was decided that a seperate switch be attached to each Lamp post so that only the

light required need be switched on.

It was also recommended that the switch for the 3 Lamps in the front entrance  be 

removed from the Receiving Ward to the Porters Lodge  

                                  159-160

 

 

New Workhouse Committee

10th March 1903

 

 

Present:   Mr. J.W, Sankey   Chairman

                Rev. J.J. Darmody, Messrs Beresford Jones, Myring and Pritchard

 

The Architect submitted a plan for utilizing the space over the cross corridors

connecting the Hospital Blocks for the treatment of Phisical ? Cases, by 

enclosing with roof and sliding windows along each side.

It was decided to recommend the Board to substitute wood panels for the glass 

in doors in the Wards for the dangerous class in the Imbecile Block, each with small

inspecting window opening outwards.

The Architect was requested to give immediate attention to the inconvenience caused

by the Chimney in the Kitchen of the Nurses' House, smoking badly.

The question of the work measuring up & the taking off the quantities &c was  considered

in view of the notice  which has been given to Mr. Smith, Clerk of Works, that his services 

would be discontinued at Lady day.

The Architect reported that nearly two thirds of the measuring up, was completed; he 

did not think Mr. Smith could complete under three months. Mr Smith, questioned, said 

he did not think it possible to finish measuring up before the middle of June: there was 

still £3000 worth of work to be executed.

After further deliberation it was eventually decided to recommend the Board, that if Mr Smith

will undertake to remain in the service of the Guardians until Midsummer Day, the Board 

would retain his services till that date, upon his assurance that the work by then be 

completed.

Mr. Marsall and Mr. Smith informed the Committee that by the 24th June , all the work

could and would be measured up. Mr Smith gave the undertaking referred to.

Thes Minutes were read at a Meeting of the Board held on the 11th March 1904, and 

the recommendations contaied therein approved and adopted.

 

W.H. Pritchard

Chairman of Board