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Spital Cemetery Well Dressing Under Construction

Type:Well in the Making

Cemetery Lodge
Hady Hill
S41 0DZ
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Spital Cemetery Well Dressing under construction


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

Come along and watch the well dressers at work to find out how a well dressing is created, how long it takes and why we do it. Do you have the patience to outline a design on clay using pepper corns one at a time? We also use natural materials gathered from local foliage and, as much as we can, in the Cemetery itself.

St Leonard's Mission, Valley Road, Spital, Chesterfield (S41 0HA)

There are additional well dressings under construction in Chesterfield town centre, in the Pavements Shopping Centre and at the 'Crooked Spire' Church.

Guide Prices

Admission free, donations gratefully accepted



  • Disabled access


  • Children welcome


  • Free Parking - Limited parking at the Cemetery, on street parking on Spital Lane or Cemetery Road.

Property Facilities

  • Dogs accepted

Opening Times

Season (9 Sept 2020 - 11 Sept 2020)

* Dates and times to be confirmed.

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 turn right (Spital Lane). Take 2nd road on left (Valley Road). St Leonard's on right just past Alexandra Road East.

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, then follow route from North/South.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station Chesterfield, 20 minute walk away

Any bus to Chesterfield town centre

Any bus from Chesterfield town centre to the Royal Hospital

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Saturday, 12th September 2020 - Saturday, 19th September 2020

Chesterfield Well Dressing 2019 - Beauty and the BeastChesterfield Well DressingChesterfield began well dressing in 1864 when the Town Pump in Market Place was decorated after a very dry summer. Blessing Service on Saturday 12 September 2020, 10am at ‘Crooked Spire’ Church (S40 1XJ). Two wells on show plus a well dressing at Spital Cemetery.
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Saturday, 12th September 2020 - Saturday, 19th September 2020

Spital Cemetery Well Dressing 2018Spital Cemetery Well DressingThis 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. There is no blessing service at Spital Cemetery.
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