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well dressing

n
(Ecclesiastical Terms) the decoration of wells with flowers, etc: a traditional annual ceremony of great antiquity in some parts of Britain, originally associated with the cult of water deities
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Well dressing is an old English late spring and summer custom of adorning rural wells, springs and other water sources with designs created from petals.
Whatever the history, well dressing is a colourful sight for summer visitors to the Peak District or - on a much smaller scale - in Cheshire, South Yorkshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire.
Probably the best known well dressing is in Tissington, Derbys, with other famous examples at Eyam, Wirksworth and Monyash.
bar] WELL, WELL: With their designs for the well dressing are, from left, Holly Brown (9), Hannah Bendon (8) and Esme Owens (7) of Scholes J&I School (PW150612Bwell-01)
The tradition of the boards, which are known as Well Dressings, dates back to 1349 where people in Derbyshire decorated their local wells which appeared to protect their clean water from the plague.
Known locally as well dressing, it's thought the practice began back in pagan times, long before the Romans, as a way of giving thanks for a continued source of clear fresh water.
We also took the chance to have a close look at the well dressings.
Practice Well dressings take place in different villages until September, and the practice has also now spread to other counties.
Well dressing is practised in around 80 villages, frequently involves almost the whole population of the area and can take up to ten days to perform.
For a list of villages and dates of well dressings visit: www.
For a comprehensive list of well dressings with dates go to welldressing.