Elsie & Fred Wigglesworth and Gladys & Denis Riley at the wedding of George & Margaret at Adel Church, 2 April 1956

Local history of Dethick, Lea & Holloway, and northern Matlock (Derbyshire) and Florence Nightingale

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Some booklets covering Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale.

Lea Hurst, Derbyshire.
Florence Nightingale's home.

She was nationally and internationally important and many, many biographers have dealt with this wider issue. It seems that her great importance in the villages has rarely featured and where it has it is obvious their images of the surrounding Derbyshire moors indicate they had never been there. An attempt is made to address various issues and present a more accurate, evidence based account.

Florence Nightingale was a great influence in the Derbyshire villages round her childhood home especially over health, hygiene and education.


Florence Nightingale's life in Holloway

Florence Nightingale has a worldwide reputation but little and often erroneous matter has been published concerning her later life in the village. She had a most important contribution. This booklet gives attention to rumours, trying to summarise the position, as well this far more significant concern.

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Florence Nightingale's return from the Crimea

In order to check the dates of Florence Nightingale's return from the Crimea to Lea Hurst, Holloway, Derbyshire one needed to gather together what was known about her travels. This records the result making available a little local information which might not otherwise be known. Her arrival home seems most probably to have been on the 7th August 1856.

To follow.

John Smithurst, suitor?

In Canada much has been made of a supposed relationship between Florence Nightingale and John Smithurst. Much of the debate and reasoning is not readily available here in Derbyshire and so is recorded here quite fully leading to the conclusion that much is myth. William Shore is included being a cousin who might have been involved in that way before going to the new world.

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