Hayfield

Well Dressing Week 2014

Saturday 6th to Sunday 13th July

Wells in the making at various venues across the Village from
Monday 7th July - Friday 11th July.

Theme TBA

Blessing Sunday 13th July at 2pm commencing at Bank Street, then to Watery Hey, Cenotaph, Swallow House Lane and St. John's.
Little Hayfield Well will be blessed at 5pm on Sunday 13th and Hill House Well at 6.30pm on Monday 14th July.

 

We are awaiting a new map this is last years but should help you locate Wells

 

Well Map

 

A Brief History Of Wells and The Art of Well Dressing


The blessing of the water supply, in the form of a well is an ancient ceremony dating back to the Celts or even earlier. It is only found in or near Derbyshire. Well Dressing is the art of decorating springs or wells with pictures made of natural products. Clay is pressed into boards, then the picture is traced onto the clay using a pointer. Then comes the delicate task of infilling with flower petals and other natural materials. Each petal has to be put in separately and they overlap like tiles on a roof so that rain will flow off the picture. This process takes many hours and usually occupies most of the week prior to the well being dressed.



For any further information contact:

John Pope on 01663 742849 or Lynne Bagshaw on 01663 742112
Please look out for posters around the village for further information.

 

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