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Memorial Title

Land Girls (Lost)


Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a war memorial well dressing commemorating Land Girls at Main Well, Market Place, Hartington, Derbyshire.

Setting Well dressing

Last known location:
Main Well
Market Pl
Nearest postcode:
SK17 0AW

SK 12815 60457
(From online digital mapping.)
Location details:
Against the pump on the traffic island on the eastern side of Market Pl at the junction with Church St.

Overall type: Well dressing.

Overall condition: Lost


A traditional temporary well dressing tableau made from flowers and other vegetation pressed into clay held in a wooden frame. The dressing comprised an upright oblong main panel recessed in an oblong frame and surmounted by a segmental pediment. The central panel depicted a woman driving a horse-drawn plough with the sun rising in the background. The top of the frame bore a sheaf of wheat at the centre with silhouettes of women picking apples in the background and the side panels had rural landscapes with pitchforks superimposed. The bottom of the frame bore the inscription in black capital block lettering against a green background with silhouettes of women planting vegetables. The pediment bore the date in yellow numbers on a blue ground within a red wreath with a yellow cross at each side against a green ground.

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Mosaic Clay, plant material c2000 c1200 c50 Lost
Frame Wood c2000 c1200 c50 Unknown
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War Civilians (1914-1919) Second World War Civilians (1939-1945)
Number died 0
Number served and returned 0 0
Total names 0 0

Custodian: Not known.

Local authorities:
Hartington Town Quarter Parish Council; Derbyshire Dales District Council; Derbyshire County Council.

Summer 2015: The memorial was planned, designed and constructed by members of the local community.

12th September, 2015: The memorial was blessed by the local clergy.

20th September, 2015: The memorial was dismantled and the components salvaged for future use.

Well dressing details are available from the site run by Glyn Williams.

The expression Land Girls refers to civilian members of the Womens Land Army who worked in agriculture during both world wars.
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