Well dressing is Derbyshire’s most famous tradition, although Chesterfield didn’t take it up until 1864 when the pump in the Market Place was decorated after a very dry summer. Each year there are two Well Dressings in Chesterfield, one in the Market Place and constructed by the Tourist Information Centre staff. The second in the Crooked Spire and decorated by members of the congregation, friends and families.
Crooked Spire Well-Dressing 2019
The theme of this year’s design is “All things bright and beautiful”
From the 2nd September to the 6th September 2019 the ladies of the Crooked Spire Flower Guild, along with friends and families, will construct their Well Dressing. This takes place in the porch of the church.
The construction of the well dressing is a skilful art and usually takes about five days to perform. Wet clay is spread to a depth of a couple of inches across a wooden backing board, a design is ‘pricked out’ using a paper pattern and then petals and other items are placed in the areas laid out by the design. This is a laborious and time-consuming process, and the clay has to be kept damp or it will crack and the petals will fall off.
Following the 9.30 Mass on Saturday the 7th September the Well Dressing will be blessed by the Reverend Patrick Coleman and remain on show for one week.
All donations made to the well dressing will go towards the day to day up keep of the Crooked Spire.