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Spital Cemetery Well Dressing

Type:Well Dressing

Cemetery Lodge
Hady Hill
S41 0DZ
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Spital Cemetery Well Dressing 2018


This ancient custom is unique to Derbyshire and is the art of decorating wells or springs with pictures made from natural materials.

This will be the fourth year that we have created a well dressing. The site where the dressing is on display in the cemetery is where there was once a well that served the monks who ran the leper hospital that gave Spital its name.

St Leonard was a Norman abbot in France and England who died in AD559. Always depicted holding a length of chain, he was known for his work with prisoners and for his healing. As in many areas, the local leper hospital from the 12thcentury was named after him.

When the new mission chapel was opened in the centre of Spital 125 years ago, that too was dedicated to him.

Well Location
Cemetery Lodge, bottom of Hady Hill (S41 0DZ)

No Blessing Service held

There are additional well dressings in Chesterfield town centre, in Market Place and at the 'Crooked Spire' Church.

Guide Prices

Admission free, donations gratefully accepted



  • Disabled access


  • Children welcome


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted

Opening Times

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

From North/South Leave M1 at junction 29 and follow 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 3rd exit (A632, signposted Bolsover). At traffic lights (Bridge Inn) go straight on and, at next traffic lights go straight on again. Turn right 50 yards down road into Cemetery. Limited parking in the cemetery, on street parking on nearby roads.

From East Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway, then 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. Keep in left lane and, at roundabout, select middle lane and take 2nd exit. At traffic lights (Bridge Inn) go straight on and, at next traffic lights go straight on again. Turn right 50 yards down road into Cemetery Lodge car park.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station Chesterfield - 20 minutes walk

Any bus to Chesterfield town centre

Any bus from Chesterfield town centre to the Royal Hospital

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