Well Dressings in Peak District July - September 2019

Well Dressings in Peak District July - September.

DCC || Well Dressings


The custom of dressing wells with petals in clay originated here in the Derbyshire Dales.

Many sources suggest well dressings developed from a pagan custom of making sacrifice to the gods of wells and springs to ensure a continued supply of fresh water.  Like many folk traditions, it was later adopted by the Christian Church as a way of giving thanks to God for water.

Tradition has it that it took on a special significance in 17th century Derbyshire as various villages, notably Tissington, gave thanks for their deliverance from the Plague which had decimated another Dales village, Eyam.
https://www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/things-to-do/whats-on/well-dressings

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