Papworth’s reputation as the ‘Village of Hope’ was earned through the work of Dr Pendrill Varrier Jones, who became Tuberculosis Officer for Cambridgeshire in 1915, at a time when TB caused the death of thousands of people in the UK every year.
He believed in the treatment of the whole patient, not just the disease. Starting with a handful of patients, he set a strict regime of fresh air, good food and light work. Money was raised to purchase a large, permanent site, and the ‘colony’ moved toPapworth Hall in February 1918. Until his sudden death in 1941, Varrier Jones masterminded the ambitious Papworth Village Settlement, providing long-term carefor TB patients and their families, with housing, community facilities, and the workshops of Papworth Industries.