Derbyshire War Memorials
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Memorial Title

Centenary of WW1 (Lost)

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 war memorial comprising a well dressing at Youlgrave Methodist Church, Coldwell End, Youlgrave or Youlgreave, Derbyshire.
Setting Memorial Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Last known location:
Youlgrave Methodist Church
Coldwell End
Youlgrave or Youlgreave
Nearest postcode:
DE45 1WB

SK 20718 64106
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The church is on the north side of the road at the western end of the village. The memorial was at the southeast corner of the church.
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. It comprised a recessed central oblong panel with two side panels, three base panels and a pediment. The main depiction was of a multi-coloured landscape with three crosses at the centre and the sun's rays radiating over the upper part of the whole dressing while an arc of war graves of different denominations spread over the lower half. The pediment bore a dove of peace on a wreath of red poppies at the head, bound victors' wreaths to each side, each with a coloured design at the centre, and the date. The left panel bore a badge of a WW2 American bomber unit, a WW1 biplane, and a Star of David, while the right panel bore a depiction of a church tower and a red cross, and the base had eastern and western hemispheres of the world at the corners. The biblical inscription was in blue sentence-case lettering on brown curved bands at the head of the central panel. The well dressing was displayed from 23rd to 28th June 2018 and was subsequently dismantled.


Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Mosaic Plant material, clay c3000 c2000 c50 Lost
Frame Wood c3000 c2000 c50 Unknown
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Nation shall not lift
up sword against nation
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:
From 1974: Youlgrave Parish Council; Derbyshire Dales District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History and Conservation
Spring 2018: The well dressing was designed, created and erected by the local community.

23rd June, 2018: The dressing was blessed by the local clergy.

23rd June, 2018: The dressing was photographed by Glyn Williams.

29th June, 2018: The dressing was dismantled and the components salvaged for future use
Further information on Derbyshire well dressings may be found on the Well Dressings site run by Glyn Williams.

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