Lea Hurst, Derbyshire
Garden terrace

Family home of “The Lady With the Lamp”
When, in 2006, an existing client purchased ‘Lea Hurst’, the family home of Florence Nightingale, the practice was pleased to be instructed regarding repairs and maintenance programmes. This Grade II listed building has close connections with the social and industrial development of both Derbyshire and the nation generally. The Nightingale family wealth, initially derived from lead mining, was part of the seed-corn capital for the development of the factory system for spinning cotton, using techniques being developed by Sir Richard Arkwright at nearby Cromford. The present house, completed in 1825 was the childhood home, of Florence who returned to Lea Hurst after her famous campaign in the Crimea. During her absence in 1854, her study was used by Elizabeth Gaskell, then completing ‘North and South’.

From 1951 until purchased by our client, the property was in the ownership of ‘The Royal Surgical Aid Society’ and used as a care home for the elderly. Following a programme of very careful repairs and removal of redundant fittings the building once again became a beautiful family home.

The repair work was well under way when a BBC production team led by Norman Stone and Roger Childs selected the house as the principle Derbyshire location for the TV drama ‘Florence Nightingale’ subsequently screened on BBC1. More details of the production are available on this link:~ http://www.memorabletv.com/f/florence-nightingale.html

When our client decided to sell the property it was marketed by Cauldwells of Matlock. Details including further views can be found at:~ http://www.caudwellandco.com/

The balcony closely associated with Florence Nightingale
Garden entrance from the parkland
Details of external metalwork
Details of external metalwork
Views towards the Derwent Valley