A tour of the Derbyshire home of Florence Nightingale

Today marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of wartime hero nurse, Florence Nightingale. Credit: ITV News Central

Today marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of wartime hero nurse, Florence Nightingale.

The Derbyshire-based nurse, whose family lived in Matlock, is recognised as the founder of modern nursing after helping to reform the profession in the mid-19th Century.

The Nightingale's former family home is called Lea Hurst, and there is history in every room still to this day.

She left her home to nurse soldiers during the Crimea War. But her most influential work was done on her return to Derbyshire.

The current owner of the home, Peter Kay said the iconic connection to the house made him want to buy it.

He said: "Florence Nightingale was so attached to this part of the world. She was greatly influenced by the house and its surroundings.

"She would spend a lot of time in the villages in the vicinity of Lea Hurst and I think those experiences and her exposure to epidemic diseases and the living conditions of the working poor kind of created her vision for health care in the future."

Speaking about rooms in the home, Mr Kay added: "She was a great lobbyist for social reform, for improving sanitary conditions and so forth so she received politicians and many influential people."

She left her home to nurse soldiers during the Crimea War. But her most influential work was done on her return to Derbyshire. Credit: ITV News Central
  • Mr Kay spoke of Florence Nightingale's love of Lea Hurst, which was she felt "most at home".