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Memorial Title

Centenary of the Battle of the Somme (Lost)

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a well dressing war memorial commemorating the Battle of the Somme 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 upright frame contained a depiction of a wreath at the centre with a label for The Somme, and to the right was a depiction of a WW1 infantryman. An arch at the head contained the maker's name and the remaining edges were decorated with sprays of flowers.

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 c1800 c1200 c50 Lost
Frame Wood c1800 c1200 c50 Unknown
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
BELPER GARDENING CLUB
The
Somme
2016 1916
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Totals
Action First Battle of the Somme
(1 Jly - 18 Nov 1916
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 Belper Gardening Club.

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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