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Well Dressing in Derbyshire


By pamd


We have had a weekend break away in Nottingham & Derbyshire & did a few trips to the various villages. Dreadful weather so didn’t get many photo’s, but did manage these ones below in the pouring rain.

Villages in Derbyshire have the tradition of Dressing their wells with these wonderful collages.

These photo’s are in the plague village of Eyam. In 1665 the first victim of the village died & thereafter only 40 people survived. The village isolated itself from the rest of the country & no one was allowed to enter or leave the village. There are cottages with plaques in the garden listing the numbers of their family who died.

The picture is made up of flower petals & seeds pressed into a moist clay.

This shows a little closer some of the petals & seeds. A lot of Hydrangea petals are used. This particular one is to commemorate a 100 years of the girl guides & was put together by 5 & 6 year olds.

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great blog Pam,what patience it must have taken to make this with petals & seeds,pity you had bad weather ,i would have loved to have seen more.. very interesting,hope you enjoyed your break.:o)

31 Aug, 2010


Great blog Pam, think there was a programme on telly the other week about this, was it on countryfile? remember catching a bit of it and seeing people making these amazing.

31 Aug, 2010


Thank you both, yes we had a lovely break Joanella & you are right Simbad it was on tele.

31 Aug, 2010


I discovered well dressing a few years ago when I had a friend visiting from Canada. I'd never heard of them before then. We found too that there were some flower festivals in local parish churches and even stumbled upon some morris dancers. Too bad the weather didn't co-operate for you'll need to return another year and pray for sunshine :)

It must take them a long time and take a lot of concentration to create these beautiful dressings. Impressed with the one produced by the young children.

31 Aug, 2010


Amazing! Wonderful collages....what a lovely tradition too.

1 Sep, 2010

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