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Elmton Well Dressing Under Construction

Type:Well in the Making

The Old School Room (Adjacent to Church)
Markland Lane
Elmton
Worksop
Derbyshire
S80 4LU
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Dressing the well

About

Find out more about this ancient Derbyshire custom by watching the well dressers at work.

Preparation starts in April when we clean the boards and start the old clay soaking so that we can reuse it. We soak the boards in the village pond and, when we’re ready to start the dressing we puddle the clay and put it back into the boards.

The design is drawn to scale then smoothed over the clay and the pattern pricked out. The design is then outlined in wool. The petalling group then set to work completing the picture using a combination of dried and fresh natural materials available at the time.

The School Room is the red brick building adjacent to the Church on Markland Lane.

Guide Prices

Admission free, donations gratefully accepted

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access

Children

  • Children welcome

Parking

  • Free Parking - On street parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs accepted

Opening Times

Season (25 June 2019 - 27 June 2019)
DayTimes
Tuesday - Thursday10:30 - 12:30
14:00 - 16:00

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From North/South Leave M1 at junction 30 and follow A616 through Clowne to Creswell. Go under railway bridge and take 2nd right turn (Elmton Road). Follow signposts to village which has just one road through it.

From East Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway and take 4th exit (M1 north). Leave M1 at junction 30, then follow route from North/South.

From West Follow A619 into 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 next roundabout take 3rd exit. At next roundabout (traffic light controlled) select left lane and take 2nd exit (A617). In approx 4 miles reach junction with M1 and take 1st exit (M1 North). Leave M1 at junction 30 then follow route from North/South.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station Creswell 1½ miles away

No buses run to Elmton but bus 77 goes from Chesterfield town centre to Creswell twice per hour

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