The middlesex cambridge
It was designed by Lewis Vulliamy who was also the architect of workhouses for the Epping and Sturminster Unions.His design for Brentford was based on the model cruciform layout published by the Poor Law Commissioners. In 1883, a workhouse school, known as Percy House, was erected fronting onto the Twickenham Road on land to the south-west of the workhouse.
The new buildings were based on a pavilion block layout designed by WH Ward of Birmingham.
It is a small inconvenient building, very ill adapted to the purpose. At present (June, 1796) 3 men sleep in a bed, 4 boys in a bed, and 3 women in a bed. Table of diet: Breakfast—Sunday, bread and cheese; Monday, Wednesday, Friday, broth from the beef of the day before; other days, milk pottage.
Dinner Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, half a pound of beef, 5th part of a quartern loaf, and a pint of small beer to each person; Monday, Friday, milk pottage, 4th part of a quartern loaf, and a pint of small beer; Wednesday, suet pudding, 4th part of a quartern loaf, and a pint of small beer; Saturday, pease soup, 4th part of a quartern loaf, and a pint of small beer.
From around 1900, the union increasingly placed pauper children in small cottage homes or boarded out with foster parents.
By the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, the school was almost empty and in October of the following year the buildings were adapted for use as an auxiliary military hospital run by the Red Cross. Percy House Hospital military patients with nurses, c.1916. After the war, the buildings were used to store military records until 1922.
Its location and layout are shown on the 1865 map below. The buildings comprised a two-storey administrative block at the centre which also contained a chapel, dining-hall, kitchens and stores, with a laundry and swimming bath to its rear.