Tissington Holy Wells
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Well Dressing
For over six centuries, wells in Tissington have been dressed and blessed annually, as thanks for gift of pure water during plague and drought. Although in 1758 these well dressings consisted only of garlands of flowers left at the springs, they had, by 1794 been become the petal covered boards that we know today. Today, each board depicts a topographical or biblical scene. However, the creation of such detailed patterns can consume over 400 hours of work for each well dressing, as well as 1000’s of flower petals, pieces of corn, leaves, seeds, spurge and even coffee beans.
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