Florence Nightingale

The Grave at East Wellow

The monument The Nightingale family burial site is at the Church of St. Margaret in East Wellow or Wellow very near the family estate of Embley Park. The church was founded in 1215, the year of the signing of the Magna Carta. It is a small building, holding around 100 people, but rich in architectural interest. Resting in one of the windows was the Scutari Cross, made of bullets from the Crimea, and beside it a framed text which was hanging in Florence Nightingale's bedroom when she died. (The cross was stolen in 1991 and is replaced by a fiberglass replica.)

There is a four sided monument in the churchyard with inscriptions on each side for the four family members.

For FN's mother:

Devoted to the Memory of our Mother,
Wife of William Edward Nightingale, Esq.
Died February 1st 1880.
"God is Love." -- I John IV. 16
"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits." -- Ps. CIII. 2.

For FN's father:

of Embley in this Country, and of Lea Hurst, Derbyshire.
Died January 5th, 1874, in his eightieth year.
"And in Thy Light shall we see Light." -- Ps. XXXVI. 9.

FN's sister Parthenope Frances Nightingale has an inscription composed by FN upon the death of her sister but Parthenope who by marriage took on the name of her husband Harry Verney and was thereafter called "Lady Verney." She is buried at the Verney family estate Claydon.

On the fourth side is a small cross with the letters "F. N." and the words "Born 1820. Died 1910."

St. Margaret's

For visitors' information contact: The Vicarage, East Wellow, Near Romsey, Hampshire

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