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Cookridge Hospitals, Ida and Robert Arthington (Cookridge) (27 comments)
Black & White imageUndated In 1886 John North gifted £6,000 to open a convalescent home in memory of his daughter Ida. Chorley and Connon were the Architects, opened 10th May 1888. Robert Arthington financed a second hospital on adjacent site which opened May 1905, and took his name but was mostly referred to as 'Cookridge'. Ida hospital is the two crescent shaped buildings on the right.
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Robert Arthington, house (Headingley) (1 comment)
Black & White imageUndated, Image shows the house of Mr Robert Arthington born in 1823 Hunslet Lane, died 7th October 1900 at Teignmouth. Known locally as a miser he lived as a recluse in a large house in Headingley choosing to live and sleep in one room, refusing access to anyone else and existing on 1/2 crown a week. Visible on the table are saved bits of candles and spent matches. In the centre are his last purchases of a pound of candles and a bag of flour. Other items include a single candle holder, a top hat, a brush and a corked bottle. On the left of the fire is a rocking chair in which he would sleep everynight wearing a coat, visible over the arm of the chair. On the right of the fire is a piano thickly coated in dust and a hand wash basin under which fuel for the fire is stored. The floor is uncarpeted except for an inch and 1/2 of dust. Visitors permitted through the front door were brought by candle light to the room and the candle would be extinguished at which point Mr Arthington would tell them it was possible to speak as well in the dark as you could in the light. This miser existence allowed Mr Arthington to give thousands to charities in the last few years of his life and leave £1026746 to be distributed through charities and placed in trust after his death. The trust existed until 1936.
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Robert Arthington, Portrait (Headingley) (1 comment)
Black & White imageUndated, The portrait is of Mr Robert Arthington a Headingley man known locally as a miser who lived the life of a recluse in a large house. Maintaining himself on 1/2 a crown a week Mr Arthington chose to live and sleep in one room and refused entry to anyone else. The son of a brewer he allowed the money inherited from his father to accumulate until in his early 70s he decided to make out a will believing himself to be worth about £80,000. When informed the sum was neaarer £800,000 he replied 'No man has a right to so much money and proceeded to donate it to charities decreasing his fortune by a minimum of £80,000 a year for the next three years. This generosity can be attributed to the teachings of his mother who believed a man should 'Do his duty to his fellow creature'. When he died on 7th October 1900 at Teignmouth aged 77 provision was made for his cousins and large amounts were given to charities including the Baptist Missionary Society, The London Mission Society and Leeds Medical charities, who set up a semi convelescent home in Cookridge in his name and in 1905 came a trust allocated £135,000 to distribute which lasted until 1936. An Oxford undergraduate, Mr Arthington had toured extensively through Italy as a young man and rumour had it, this batchelors choice of poverty was the result of a tragic love affair.
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