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Tissington Well Dressings 2015

June 2, 2015
June 2, 2015 - Tissington Well Dressings 2015
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Can you believe another year has flown by?

Once again we are giving thanks for the pure, clear water, the essence of life, at Tissington Well Dressings.

Hall Well at Tissington 2015

Hall Well created by Sir Richard Fitz Herbert and family

The dressing or decorating of water wells as a thanksgiving is an ancient art peculiar to the Peak District, which goes so far back in time that no one can be exactly sure of the origins. One of the most spectacular well dressings in Derbyshire is in the village of Tissington, just 3 miles down the road from Hoe Grange.

Each well iDerbyshire well dressingss decorated with an intricate and colourful display of flowers and natural materials. Wooden frames are constructed and soaked in the village pond, then covered with clay, mixed with water and salt. A design is sketched on paper, and then traced onto the clay.
The picture is then filled in with natural materials, predominantly colourful flower petals and mosses, but also wool, twigs, beans, seeds, stones and small cones. This is done during the previous three days to Ascension Day.

Although originally a pagan tradition it later was adopted by the Church and many of the wells are decorated with a biblical theme.

Hands Well at Tissington 2015

Hands Well

It's not just a thanksgiving but a marvellous way of bringing the whole village community together as everyone contributes in some way to this annual event, digging clay, picking flowers, decorating the boards or erecting the dressings at the wells throughout the village.

The celebrations start on Ascension Day (celebrated on the 40th day of Easter which is always a Thursday) with a procession blessing each well and a Church service at St. Mary’s. The Well Dressings are displayed for a week and they are "well" worth a visit!

CoffinWell2015

Coffin Well


If you missed the well dressings at Tissington hopefully you have enjoyed our photos and here is a guide to the other well dressings in the Peak District area; including Ashford in the Water this week, Youlgrave on 20th June and Bakewell on 27th June.

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Children's Well Tissington 2015

Children's' Well


Town Well Tissington

Town Well


Yew Tree Well Tissington 2015

Yew Tree Well



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