TISSINGTON WELL DRESSINGS
A PHOTOGRAPHIC WALKING WEBSITE by NEIL HASLEWOOD
Tissington Well Dressings - 28th May 2006
WALK STATISTICS
Date 28th May 2006 Description Tissington Well Dressings 2006
Start Point Hands Well Tissington Temperature 17°C
Part Of Walk Tissington 28th May 2006 Weather Coudy with sunny intervals
WALK NOTES
Tissington Well Dressings 2006

The Wells

Hands Well
Hall Well
Yew Tree Well
Town Well
Coffin Well
Childrens Well
Right - Tissington Church
Below - Close up of Coffin Well

Outside Derbyshire well dressing is certainly a mystery. Tissington Well Dressings take place on Ascension Day each year and the wells are left decorated until after the following weekend. Tissington was the first village to dress its wells but now many villages in the county have followed suit. Some say that the event started during the Black Death in the 14th Centuary when the inhabitants of the village escaped because of the purity of the water which issued from five wells. By way of thanksgiving the wells have been dressed ever since. However some say that the custom goes much further back in time and almost certainly originated in pagan sacrifices to water-gods. The dressing of the wells takes the form of creating elaborate tableaux ornamented with some biblical or topographical scene depicted in terms of thousands of flower petals. It is a skilful art and the results are startlingly beautiful. The Tissington Well Dressings are estimated to attract 50,000 visitors each year in the week that the wells are dressed.

MAP
PHOTOGRAPHS
Close up of Hands Well
Hands Well
Hands Well
Hall Well
Childrens Well
Hall Well
Close up of Yew Tree Well
Yew Tree Well
Town Well
Coffin Well
Close up of Town Well
Coffin Well

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