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.
Chesterfield Well-Dressing 2016
From the 5th September to the 9th September 2016 the ladies of the Crooked Spire Flower Guild, along with friends and families, will commence the building and construction of their Well Dressing. This will take place in the porch of the church and also outside on the grassed area, weather permitting.
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 10th September the Well Dressing will be blessed by the Reverend Patrick Coleman and will remain on show for one week, please come along we are sure you will enjoy the visit.
All donations made to the well dressing will go towards the day to day up keep of the Crooked Spire.
Chesterfield Well Dressing 2016 (Visit Chesterfield's website)
Well dressing 2014
Well dressing 2012
Well dressing 2011