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Ault Hucknall and Rowthorne Well Dressing Under Construction - CANCELLED

Type:Well in the Making

Ault Hucknall Farm
Ault Hucknall
Doe Lea
S44 5QH
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Dressing the well


Rowthorne Dressing created in Rowthorne – look for signs.  Dates are as above but times are afternoon and evening only

This ancient custom is all but unique to Derbyshire. It's the art of decorating wells and springs with pictures made using only natural materials.

The dressings are on boards filled with clay. In Ault Hucknall and Rowthorne, the design drawn full size on paper is placed onto the clay and the design ‘pricked out’. This means making a series of small cuts along each line of the dressing. When the paper is removed, it leaves a ‘dot to dot’ puzzle on the clay.

The design is then 'wooled' (outlined using black wool) and then ‘coloured in’ by the team. Visitors can take part completing the dressing and children are especially welcome.

Ault Hucnall Farm (S44 5QH)
Rowthorne - venue to be decided, please follow the signs in the village

Guide Prices

Admission free, donations gratefully accepted.



  • Disabled access


  • Children welcome - Children are especially welcome and can help dress the well


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs accepted - Dogs allowed on a lead
  • Smoking not allowed

Opening Times

Season (13 July 2020 - 17 July 2020)
Monday - Friday10:00 - 12:30
14:00 - 16:30
19:00 - 21:30

* The well in Rowthorne is dressed from 2pm to 4.30pm and 7pm to 9.30pm - there is no morning session.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

North/South Leave M1 motorway at Junction 29 and take A617 (signposted Mansfield). Follow road up hill into Glapwell and take first right after Young Vanish Inn (Rowthorne Lane). Pass through Glapwell then take the first road on the right  (Ault Hucknall Lane). Follow road for just under 1 mile and Farm is on right beofre reaching the Church..

For Rowthorne, follow road to Rowthorne village and look for signs to the venue.

From East Follow A617 through Mansfield to Glapwell. Turn left at crossroads in village just before Young Vanish and follow route from North/South.

From West Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Matalan) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and, at traffic lights, go straight on. Select right lane and, at roundabout, take 3rd exit. At next roundabout (traffic light controlled) select left lane and take 2nd exit (A617). Follow road to junction with M1 motorway (approx 4 miles) and, at roundabout, select right lane and take 3rd exit (A617 signposted Mansfield). Then follow route from North/South.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station Chesterfield 8 miles away

Pronto bus from Chesterfield town centre to Young Vanish twice per hour

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Rowthorne Well Dressing 2018Ault Hucknall and Rowthorne Well Dressings - CANCELLEDThis ancient custom is only found in Derbyshire. One well is dressed at Rowthorne and another at Ault Hucknall. Blessing Service Sunday 19 July 2020, approx 12.30pm at Ault Hucknall Church (S44 5QH), then at Rowthorne (S44 5QQ).
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