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About Matlock Well Dressing
Venue Type: Well Dressing
Well Dressing in the garden on Bakewell Road near its junction with Dimple Road.
Come and see the Well Dressing being made from Monday 24th to Friday 28th at St Giles Church, 116 Church Street, Matlock, DE4 3BZ and then onto Diana Memorial Garden, Dimple Road, Matlock to be blessed on Saturday 29th June by Rev’d Richard Reade at 12.00 o’clock.
The Well Dressing will be on display until Monday 8th July 2019
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.Last happened on Sat 2nd of July 2022 - Fri 8th of July 2022
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