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About Belper Well Dressing
Venue Type: Well Dressing
Belper Well dressing is an old tradition, it was first established in Belper in 1838, when the Mill Lane Well was dressed and in the following year four wells were dressed. The custom lapsed for The Second World War, but was revived in 1986.
There are more than 15 wells prepared. Most of them are displayed in the historic and beautiful River Gardens. In addition, there is the Central Methodist Church Well Dressing outside the Central Methodist Church on Chapel Street, nearly opposite
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.
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