This is a glimpse of what the Medical Centre looks like at the John Smedley Mills. Located next to the canteen, the medical centre has been around for centuries and thankfully isn’t a part of the factory that is visited very often (lots of creepy crawlies!)
John Smedley has strong connections with the Nightingale family as Peter Nightingale and John Smedley established the company in Lea Mills in 1784. His niece Florence Nightingale, romantically named The Lady With The Lamp was mostly known for her work helping wounded soldiers during the Crimean War of the 1850s. Born in 1820 into a prosperous Derbyshire family, Florence Nightingale lived her early life at Lea Hall and then at Lea Hurst in Holloway, which became her family’s summer home.