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Belper - 2016 Well Dressing (Lost)

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a well dressing war memorial at Belper River Gardens, Derbyshire.
Images
Well dressing Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
River Gardens
Matlock Rd (A6)
Belper
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE56 1YD

NGR:
SK 34661 48225
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The memorial has been dismantled.
Type
Overall type: Well dressing.


Overall condition: Lost.


Description:

A traditional temporary well dressing tableau made from flowers and other vegetation pressed into clay held in an oblong wooden frame.

The panel was divided into three parts: the left section contained a depiction of the temporary wooden obelisk built around a lamp column in the Market Place at the end of WW1; the right section contained a depiction of the permanent stone memorial built in the memorial gardens to commemorate the fallen of WW1 and WW2, and the lower panel was a narrow strip containing the inscription.

The well dressing was displayed from 16th to 20th July, 2016 and was subsequently dismantled.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Well dressing Plant material, clay c1200 c1800 c50 Lost
Frame Wood c1200 c1800 c50 Unknown
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
LEST WE FORGET
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict Unspecified Totals
Action
Number died 0 0
Number served and returned 0 0
Total names 0 0
Administration
Custodian: Not known

Local authorities:
From 1974: Belper Town Council; Amber Valley Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History
Summer 2016: The well dressing was designed and constructed by members of the local community.

16th July, 2016: The well dressing was displayed in the River Gardens.

16th July, 2016: The well dressing was photographed by Glyn Williams.

17th July, 2016: The well dressing was dedicated by members of the local clergy.

20th July, 2016: The well dressing was dismantled and the materials salvaged for re-use.
References
Well dressing details are available from the welldressing.com site run by Glyn Williams.
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