was designed by James F. Doyle who was to later use the sculptor C. J.
Allen on The Royal Insurance Building in Dale Street. Allen is credited
with the sculptural content of The Florence Nightingale Memorial which
is set externally in the boundary wall. The notion of district nursing
was quite radical in the mid 19th century. It was promoted by William
Rathbone, who had paid for nursing care for his wife before she died in
1859 and wished to see this style of nursing extended to the poor. He
funded a district nursing programme from 1859 onwards. He consulted
Florence Nightingale and in 1862 funded a school and home for district
nurses which was replaced by this building in 1900 with funds collected
to mark Queen Victoria's long reign.
Alan Maycock © 2007
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