You may not have heard of well dressings‚ a tradition unique to Derbyshire and believed to have been brought to the area by the Romans or the Celts‚ to give thanks for the county’s fresh water springs. Teams of villagers create intricate mosaics using natural materials such as leaves‚ moss‚ flower petals and even coffee beans‚ on a bed of rich‚ moist clay. Each one can take anything up to a week to make‚ starting by building a large a wooden frame upon which to create the image and position over the well or spring and packing it with fresh clay. Then a team of volunteers will painstakingly create an image of intricate mosaics using natural materials such as leaves‚ moss‚ flower petals and even coffee beans.
Well Dressings can be found in most towns and villages in the Peak District and Derbyshire between the months of May to September. One of the earliest and largest is Tissington Well Dressing Week where they have several well dressings dotted throughout the village. Our own well dressings in Rowsley will be displayed from 25th June to 2nd July.