A favoured project of the Corfield Morris team, Lea Hurst – the home of Florence Nightingale – is featured in the latest issue of Smithsonian magazine.
Working on the beautiful country home with owner Pete Kay, Tim Corfield was able to source a range of antiques relating to the life of Florence.
“Pete Kay was introduced to us by a mutual friend (who we have now helped furnish three houses) and we saw Lea Hurst right at the beginning of its restoration. He wanted to furnish it with the sort of things that might have been there during Florence's life time. Of course all country house contents evolved over centuries so we have bought some very good pieces from the late 17th century through to the late 19th century. The net result is a beautifully furnished country house. On top of that we have been looking out for a few pieces that link to Florence, in particular a wonderful chair, mentioned in the article, that was captured on the field of battle in the Crimea and pictures of Florence and autograph letters from her and books. We also managed to find several pieces from Embley Park In Hampshire, Florence’s father’s other home, which are now at Lea Hurst including a sideboard and two wonderful gilt mirrors. We also found a rare bronze maquette of Florence by Arthur Walker from 1910 for the Crimean War Memorial in Waterloo Place London. It has been a great experience working with Pete to bring such a historic house fully back to life."