The Well dressing blessings

Dales Tales - Voices from Newholme, Cavendish and Walton Hospitals

It’s a busy week at Newholme Hospital. Yesterday my writing workshops were based around the theme of well dressings – an ancient Derbyshire tradition carried out in many villages throughout Derbyshire.

Newholme Hospital has its own well dressing, with staff, patients and volunteers all working on it. So at Stanton Day Hospital, after we discussed the history of well dressings, we settled around the work in progress and added our own leaves and seeds to the design set in the clay.

If you have no idea what a well dressing is and how it’s made, it’s a picture made out of clay pressed into a wooden frame. Natural materials make the different colours and textures of the picture. Some well dressings can be very large and elaborate, with several for each village well: Tissington and Youlgreave are amongst the most famous places for well dressings. However, there are well dressings…

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