The custom of dressing wells with petals in clay originated here in the Derbyshire Dales.
- A list of Derbyshire well dressings can be found here.
|Derbyshire Dales well dressing||2016 date|
|Ashford in the Water||21-29 May|
|Monyash||28 May - 6 June|
|Wirksworth||28 May - 1 June|
|Middleton by Youlgrave||28 May - 4 June|
|Marston Montgomery||12-18 June|
|Bakewell||26 June - 3 July|
|Over Haddon||9-17 July|
|Great Longstone||16-23 July|
|Little Longstone||16-23 July|
|Stoney Middleton||23 July - 1 Aug|
|Bonsall||30 July - 5 Aug|
|Bradwell||30 July -6 Aug|
|Great Hucklow||11-17 Aug|
|Eyam||27 Aug - 3 Sep|
|Foolow||27 Aug - 3 Sep|
We advise checking the dates before travelling.
According to the welldressing.com website, the true origins of well dressing are lost in the mists of time.
Many sources suggest it 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.