Hampshire Biographies

The final years

Florence’s last visit to Embley Park was in the summer of 1891 at the age of 71, and in 1896 the house was sold. Florence was confined to bed for much of her old age, largely as a result of the illness she suffered in the Crimea. She was awarded the Royal Red Cross in 1883 by Queen Victoria, and became the first woman to receive the Order of Merit in 1907.

Florence Nightingale’s funeral hearse
Florence Nightingale’s funeral 1910
Hampshire Record Office ref 97M81/23/23

Florence died at her London home on 13 August 1910, and she was buried in Wellow churchyard in Hampshire, near her parents’ home Embley Park. She had not wanted the full State funeral she justly deserved. Large crowds gathered in the narrow lanes as her coffin was carried to her grave by six sergeants from the Guards.

Burial record

The illustrated document - Hampshire Record Office 14M75/PR4 - shows the entry for Florence Nightingale's burial at Wellow on 20 August 1910.

Following her death many monuments and plaques were put up in London and elsewhere to the memory of Florence Nightingale, the Lady with the Lamp. People continued to remember Florence’s achievements long after her death and many commemorative events took place in the years after.

2010 marks the centenary of her death and Hampshire will be celebrating her life with a series of special events.


Further information

Primary sources

  • Bonham-Carter MS. H.R.O. 94M72.
  • F.H. Suckling Collection, Romsey Borough MS. H.R.O. 97M81.
  • H.R.O. 132M84.

Secondary sources

  • Florence Nightingale 1820-1910, C. Woodham-Smith.
  • Embley. Florence Nightingale: her family and associates. Notes compiled by J.E. Benham, Wellow History Society. H.R.O. Top. East Wellow 1/3.

Florence Nightingale Museum

The Florence Nightingale Foundation