Report - Papworth Industries, cambridgeshire, sept 2015.

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28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Jul 12, 2015
Papworth Trust is almost 100 years old. Starting in 1917 as a tuberculosis settlement.
Started by social pioneer Dr (later Sir) Pendrill Varrier-Jones who founded the Cambridgeshire Tuberculosis Colony.

The colony began at Bourn in Cambridgeshire in 1917. However Varrier-Jones soon collected enough funding (£6,000) to purchase Papworth Hall, and the colony moved to the village of Papworth Everard the following year. With the hall came most of the land in the village and, under Varrier-Jones' management, the colony rapidly expanded.

His aim was to rehabilitate Tuberculosis (TB) sufferers by providing treatment for them (surgery and 'fresh air') and by offering them appropriate work and housing.

In the 1930s, factories were constructed to offer work opportunities. The Papworth Industries became a great success, expanding over many years under the trademark of Pendragon Industries. They included the manufacture of travel goods, carpentry, cabinet making, leather work and printing.

Coach building was set up in 1947 making, amongst other vehicles, the Green Goddess fire trucks. We also built vehicles for BT, Royal Mail, Parcelforce, St John Ambulance and the NHS Ambulance trusts.

Paid a visit one evening after work. This location is central to papworth village and is the closest explore i've had to civilisation. Still access is very easy and no one batted an eyelid.








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