|Extract from Council Meeting Report September 1900
The Late Mr. Herbert Sartoris - Before the ordinary business commenced, the Chairman said he felt it his duty to refer to the loss the town had sustained by the death of Mr. Sartoris, who for several years was a valued member of the Local Board. His advice and judgement were, by the Board, always appreciated and respected. They also remembered the keen interest taken by Mr. Sartoris in the welfare and development of Rushden, which was his native home. His liberality and willingness to assist its inhabitants were equally remembered. About ten years ago Mr. Sartoris placed in trust rent free for 20 years 6 acres of land for cricket and other sports, also a gift of about 2 acres of land for an infectious diseases hospital. The working classes, too, were not forgotten. Before the Allotment Act was passed, he placed 70 acres of land at their disposal at a reasonable rent. These were in three different parts, in close proximity to men’s homes.
|Extract from Council Meeting Report 22nd August 1913
Isolation Hospital - A letter was received from the Local Government Board with reference to the prevalence of scarlet fever and diphtheria during 1912 and previous years, and enquiring whether the District Council had recently had under consideration the question of Isolation Hospital accommodation for their district either by themselves or in combination with a neighbouring local authority, and, if not, requesting the Council to take the matter into consideration at an early date and inform the Board of the result.
The Clerk was instructed to reply that a conference of the local authorities in the district was held at Higham Ferrers a few years since, summoned at the instance of the Health Committee of the County Council, when the matter was fully discussed, but the Local Authorities were unable to come to any decision in favour of providing a hospital jointly. The matter had not been seriously considered since that date, and this Council would be quite prepared to attend a further conference with a view, if possible, of agreeing upon some joint scheme. The Committee did not think that this Council could at the present time undertake the provision of an isolation hospital for their own district and were advised that the cases of scarlet fever and diphtheria were not more numerous in this district than in districts of similar character in the neighbourhood where isolation hospitals were provided.
Disinfecting Apparatus - The same letter enquired whether the Council had considered the question of providing suitable disinfecting apparatus for their district, and, if so, with what result.
The Committee thought it might be desirable if some steps were taken in this direction, and the Surveyor was instructed to submit a specification and estimate to the next meeting of the committee, and the Clerk was instructed to write to the Local Government Board to this effect.