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Memorial Title

75th Anniversary of the Dambuster Raid (Temporary)

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a temporary war memorial well dressing, commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Dambuster Raid, at Pilsley near Bakewell, Derbyshire.
Memorial Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Last known location:
Pilsley CofE Primary School
Un-named road
Pilsley (near Bakewell)
Nearest postcode:
DE45 1UF

SK 24103 70935
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The well dressing was inside the school grounds, on the northern face of the building.
Overall type: Well dressing Overall condition: Temporary


A temporary Derbyshire well dressing display traditionally made from flowers and other vegetation pressed into clay held in a wooden frame but now often utilising stones, beads, fabric etc. The dressing comprised an upright oblong panel with a triangular top and the main design was of a Lancaster bomber, in camouflage brown and green, dropping a shower of red poppies onto a brown dam wall against a blue background. The triangular head contained the school's name in brown sentence case lettering against a gold ground.


Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Mosaic Plant material. clay c1800 c900 c50 Lost
Frame Wood c1800 c900 c50 Unknown
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Pilsley C of E School
Conflicts and people named:
ConflictSecond World War (1939-1945)Totals
Action or eventAttack on the Ruhr Dams
(Operation Chastise) (16 May 1943)
Number died00
Number served and returned00
Total names00
Custodian: Pilsley C of E Primary School.

Local authorities:
From 1974: Pilsley Parish Council; Derbyshire Dales District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History and Conservation
Summer 2018: The dressing was designed and made by pupils of Pilsley C of E Primary School and their helpers.

12th July, 2018: The memorial was blessed by the local clergy.

12th July, 2018: The memorial was photographed by Glyn Williams.

20th July, 2018: The memorial was dismantled and the components salvaged for future use.
Further details about well dressings may be found at run by Glyn Williams.
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