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Memorial Title

Royal Flying Corps (Lost)


Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a war memorial well dressing commemorating the Royal Flying Corps at the Coffin Well, Tissington, Derbyshire.

Well dressing

Last known location:
Coffin Well
Chapel La
Nearest postcode:

SK 17826 52276
(From online digital mapping.)
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 comrising an arch with a recessed panel at the centre. The arch contained the motto with a modern badge of the RAF and surmounted by a finial bearing a flight identification roundel. The left side panel of the arch depicted images of WW1 biplanes and barrage balloons and was also surmounted by a finial bearing a flight identification roundel. The central panel contained a scene of WW2 Spitfires and a Hurricane over the white cliffs of Dover with the 'wings' badges of the RFC and RAF at the foot. The right panel depicted images of modern stealth warplanes and Chinook helicopters surmounted by a further finial bearing a flight identification roundel.

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.

Per ardua ad astra
RFC Through bolts and bars to the Stars RAF
Coffin Well
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict Non-specific regimental.
Number died 0
Number served and returned 0
Total names 0

Custodian: Not known.

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

Summer 2012: The memorial was planned, designed and constructed by members of the local community.

17th May, 2012: The memorial was blessed by the local clergy.

17th May, 2012: The well dressing was displayed from 17th to 23rd May 2012

24th May, 2012: 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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