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Memorial Title

Centenery of WW1 Remembrance (Lost)


Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a war memorial well dressing at Coffin Well, Tissington, Derbyshire, commemorating the centenary of WW1 remembrance.

Well dressing

Last known location:
Coffin Well
Chapel La
Nearest postcode:

SK 17826 52276
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:

The well is in a private garden and only accessible during well dressing week.

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 comprising an arch with side panels and a recessed panel at the centre. The two side panels each depicted a young man, that on the left in infantry uniform with shouldered rifle, that to the right in casual civilian dress with a sheepdog at his feet.  The main arch bore a design of WW1 medals and red poppies on a pale blue ground, and the finial bore red poppies against green foliage. The central panel was an upright oblong with rounded arch top and bore a version of the wording printed on the official WW1 scroll in yellow, orange and red lettering.

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Mosaic Clay, plant material c3500 c2500 c50 Lost
Frame Wood c3500 c2500 c50 Unknown
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Surround to central panel:
He whom this well commemorates was numbered among those who, at the call of King and Country,
Central panel:
left all
that was dear
to them, endured
hardness, faced
danger, and
finally passed
out of the sight
of men by the
path of duty and
giving up their
own lives that
others might live
in freedom.
Let those who
come after see
to it that his
name be not
Foot of dressing:
Coffin Well

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

Custodian: Not known.

Local authorities:
Tissington Parish Council; Derbyshire Dales District Council; Derbyshire County Council.

Spring 2017: The memorial was planned, designed and constructed by members of the local community.

25th May 2017: The well dressing was photographed by Glyn Williams.

25th May 2017: The well dressing was blessed by the local clergy.

25th May 2017: The well dressing was displayed from 5th to 31st May 2015

1st June 2017: The memorial was dismantled and the components salvaged for future use.

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

During WW1 it was announced that the next of kin of soldiers whose deaths were attributable to the war would receive a memorial plaque and scroll, and in 1917 a competition was announced to obtain a suitable design. The scroll was printed on thin card and bore a message similar to that reproduced on the well dressing.

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