Tissington Holy Wells
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If you stand at Tissington church and look towards Tissington Hall, you can see the location of Hall, Children’s and Hands Wells. The first and most impressive well you will see is Hall Well, set in a stone apse, built into a stone wall opposite the
17th century Hall, fronted by stone basins through which the water still trickles. Historically it is here that the annual blessing of the Wells starts. Built into the wall that fronts the Hall is Children’s Well, that comprises a small sunken cylinder of stone that has only recently been used for well dressing. Lastly, where the road forks, stands the carved basin and plinth of Hands Well. Once this well was called Frith’s Well after the owner of the adjacent house, in whose wall it is set and through which a water spout still protrudes.

One of the most delightful approaches to Tissington is along the Lime Avenue . Perhaps the most picturesque marker on this route is Yew Tree Well that stands at the entrance into Tissington. Originally called Holland 's Well and described as a thicket of gorse and firs, this Well is now a stone chamber that fronts a large Yew tree after which it is now named. If you continue on the Avenue through the village, until the road forks, then you will see Town (once called Goodwin's) Well, that is annually dressed with petal boards and a barrier of greenery. Continue down the avenue and take the first left and you will pass Well Cottage, behind which lies Coffin Well so named because of its shape, a peaceful place to end your journey around Tissington.

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