image for Well Dressing item typeBarlow Well Dressing at Barlow

Well Dressing, Wed 16 - Tue 22 Aug 2017, free entry

Barlow Commonside Well Dressing

Barlow Commonside Well Dressing


S18 7SJ

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An ancient custom that's only found in or around the borders of Derbyshire. Well dressing might date back to the Celts, or perhaps even earlier, but what exactly is it? At its simplest, well dressing is the art of decorating springs and wells with pictures made from natural materials. Barlow claims to have begun well dressing in Elizabethan times and it differs from other villages by using whole flower heads as opposed to individual petals.

Well Locations
Main Well - Hackney Lane, opposite The Peacock pub
Outside the Methodist Chapel, Millcross Lane
Valley Road, adjacent to The Tickled Trout pub

Blessing Service
16 August 2017
6.30pm at St Lawrence Church, Hackney Lane, Barlow (S18 7TD)

Gift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPostboxTelephone (public)

Children welcomeDisabled access

Event details

Dates Times
Wed 16 - Tue 22 Aug 2017 08:00 to 22:00


Free entry

Donations gratefully accepted



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Map reference: SK 344746  Lat: 53.26761 Long: -1.48431

From North/South
Leave M1 at junction 29 and take A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At traffic light controlled roundabout select middle lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select right lane and take 2nd exit. Keep in right hand lane and go straight on through traffic lights and round Crooked Spire Church. Select right hand lane. At traffic lights go straight on. Keep to right hand lane as approach large roundabout with car park in middle. Follow signs to Sheffield round the roundabout. At mini roundabout take 1st exit (B6051, Newbold Road). Follow road (going straight on at all mini roundabouts) to traffic lights. Select right lane and go straight on. Follow road for approx 2½ miles to Barlow.

From East
Take A617 to Chesterfield then follow route from North/South.

From West
Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Matalan) select middle lane and take 2nd exit, turning left onto Rutland Road. Select right hand lane and turn right at traffic lights. Follow road straight on through traffic lights. At roundabout select left lane and take 2nd exit passing multi-storey car park. At mini roundabout take 1st exit (B6051, Newbold Road), then follow route from North/South.

Accessible by Public Transport: 3 miles from Chesterfield station


  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
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