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Memorial Title

Poppies (Lost)


Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a war memorial well dressing at Coffin Well, Tissington, Derbyshire, depicting poppies in 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 central and two side panels each depicted a landscape with poppies in the foreground, that in the centre also featured an infantryman in WW1 field dress with a rifle slung over his shoulder. Finials at the head and to each side bore a small circular depiction of a war cemetery with a poppy superimposed and the support of the central one bore three small wooden remembrance crosses with poppies, on a green ground. The main arch, the surround to the central panel and the foot of each panel bore inscriptions in grey sentence case sloping lettering on a pale blue ground.

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,
Main arch:
We Shall Keep The Faith
Surround to central panel:
we cherish too the poppy red that grows on fields where valor led
Foot of panels:
1914 1918
Coffin Well

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Totals
Action Not stated
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 2018: The memorial was planned, designed and constructed by members of the local community.

10th May 2018: The well dressing was photographed by Glyn Williams.

10th May 2018: The well dressing was blessed by the local clergy.

10th May 2018: The well dressing was displayed from 10th to 16th May 2018.

17th May 2018: The memorial was dismantled and the components salvaged for future use.

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

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