BONSALL WELL DRESSINGS
Well dressing is not unique to Derbyshire, but it is the county where the tradition is the strongest. Almost all the wells dressed every year are either within the county, or only a short distance from the county boundary.
Visitors flock to Derbyshire year after year, not only to admire the dedicated work of the well dressers in producing such intricate, if short lived works of art , but to enjoy the many events that take place at the same time in most towns and villages. Normally the wells are dressed for a period of three to eight days. It is best to try to visit during the first few days as the displays tend to deteriorate quite rapidly. The problem occurs when the clay dries out quickly, particularly in hot dry weather made worse if there is a wind blowing.
Bonsall's first Carnival and Well Dressing took place in 1927, when the event was organised by Fred Bunting the local primary school head teacher and Miah Doxey the owner of the village fish and chip shop. Although there have been some breaks notably during the Second World War. Wells are now regularly dressed usually on the last Saturday in July. Flowers are very plentiful at that time, ‘only things that grow’ being the traditional rule for well dressing in the village.
Images courtesy of Bonsall Carnival 2008
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BONSALL CARNIVAL AND WELL DRESSINGS
Bonsall Well Dressings for 2010, run from Saturday 31 July - 6 August. Sunday's proceedings commence with the Blessing of the Wells at 2pm starting from St James' Church. No contact details have been supplied for the well dressings. Bonsall Carnival, takes place at the same time as the Well Dressings.
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