AboutWell dressing is an ancient custom unique to Derbyshire. Chesterfield began well dressing in 1864 when the Town Pump in Market Place was decorated after a very dry summer. The custom died out, but was revived in 1991 when a well was dressed as part of an exhibition about Derbyshire traditions.
Well dressing is the art of making pictures using only natural materials, but this doesn’t explain how such intricate and detailed pictures can be made using only seeds, berries, leaves, flowers… Look at the pictures – can you see where we used dried camomile flowers, thistledown, stalk of dried cow parsley, melon seeds, peppercorns, parsley and chrysanthemum and carnation petals?
There will be 2 well dressings on show in Chesterfield this year.
‘Crooked Spire’ Church Porch
Market Place on Town Pump (opposite Primark)
The wells will be closed and locked at 5 pm (at 4 pm on Sunday)
Saturday 9 September 2017, 10am at ‘Crooked Spire’ Church (S40 1XJ)
Groups welcome. Free coach parking by arrangement – book with Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre (Tel: 01246 345777/8)
Donations gratefully accepted.
- Children welcome
- Disabled access
|Season (9 Sept 2017 - 16 Sept 2017)|
|Monday - Sunday||09:00||- 17:00|
* Wells close at 4pm on Sunday
Map & Directions
Chesterfield Market is signposted from all town centre car parks.
Leave M1 at junction 29 and follow A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At traffic light controlled roundabout select middle lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select middle lane and take 2nd exit (Lordsmill Street). Select left hand lane and take first left (Beetwell Street). Follow road for approx 500 yards (passing Coach Station on left), and turn left down Park Road. Take first left turning into Beetwell Street multi storey car park.
For surface car parks at traffic light controlled roundabout select middle lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select right lane and take 2nd exit (Lordsmill Street). Keep in right lane and, at traffic lights turn right (Spa Lane). Take 1st left and car parks on left and right
Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway, then follow route from North/South.
Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 2nd exit turning left into Rutland Road (surface car parks). Select right hand lane at traffic lights at top of hill and turn right. Take 3rd right turning (Rose Hill West) and turn into car park on left or right.
Accessible by Public Transport: Chesterfield station is 0 miles away.