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Memorial Title

Centenary of the RAF (Temporary)

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a temporary war memorial well dressing, commemorating the Centenary of the RAF, at Pilsley near Bakewell, Derbyshire.
Images
Memorial Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Locations
Last known location:
Roadside
Near Poole House
Un-named road
Pilsley (near Bakewell)
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE45 1UF

NGR:
SK 24049 70962
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The well dressing was at the west end of the green.
Type
Overall type: Well dressing Overall condition: Temporary


Description:

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 central main panel, borders to each edge and a segmental pediment at the head. The main panel contained a full colour image of a WW1 grass airstrip with a parked biplane and two further biplanes flying overhead. The two side panels each bore black silhouettes of WW2 Lancasters and Spitfires, and the pediment bore the badge of the RAF, all on grey grounds. The top and bottom panels bore the inscription in blue, gold and black capital letters on a grey ground.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Mosaic Plant material. clay c2100 c1800 c50 Lost
Frame Wood c2100 c1800 c50 Unknown
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
RAF ROYAL AIR FORCE RAF
100 YEARS OF SERVICE
20 PILSLEY 18
Conflicts and people named:
ConflictNon specific military unit.Totals
Action or eventnot stated
Number died00
Number served and returned00
Total names00
Administration
Custodian: Not known.

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 members of the local community.

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.
References
Further details about well dressings may be found at welldressing.com run by Glyn Williams.
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