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Memorial Title

Peace (Temporary)

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a temporary war memorial well dressing commemorating peace, at Eyam, Derbyshire.
Images
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Locations
Last known location:
Lydgate
Eyam
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
S32 5QF

NGR:
SK 22087 76376
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The well dressing was at the roadside on the south side of the road variously named as The Causeway or Lydgate. The site is known as Town End Well and is at the eastern end of Eyam, in an area sometimes known as Town End.
Type
Overall type: Well dressing. Overall condition: Lost.


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 a square main panel surmounted by a frieze and a segmental pediment flanked by a pair of finials with roundels.
The plain frieze was in gold and bore the inscription in black upright capital lettering. A bracket at each end bore a green laurel wreath.
The main panel had a recessed image at the centre comprising the red cross of St George on a white ground with several emblems superimposed. At the centre a roundel depicted the Earth in blue and white with the caption 'The world hangs out to dry' in upright capital lettering; top left was an image of a sleeved gramophone record with the caption 'We'll meet again' in upright capital lettering; top right was a sheet of a musical score with a BBC microphone and the caption 'World Service' in upright capital lettering; bottom left was a wicker basket containing meagre groceries and bottom right was an image of a book labelled 'Ministry of Food Ration Book' in upright capital letters.
The rails of the main panel bore the inscriptions in upright lettering against a gold ground: that at the top in sentence case; that at the bottom in capitals. At the lower corners were red and green wreaths. The two side supports each bore three white doves against a blue ground.

Glossary
Components:

ComponentMaterialHeightWidthDepthCondition
Well dressingClay, plant materialc3000c3000 c50Lost
FrameWoodc3000c3000c50Unknown
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
Finials:
Conflicts and people named:
ConflictPeaceTotals
Action or eventNot stated
Number died00
Number served and returned00
Total names00
1945 1995
Frieze:
A NEW DAWN
Main panel:
World War II Ends
PEACE ON EARTH
Administration
Custodian: Not known

Local authorities:
From 1974: Eyam Parish Council; Derbyshire Dales District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History and Conservation
17th April, 1951: The Peak District National Park was designated. The memorial site lies within it.

10th July, 1981: Eyam Conservation Area was first designated. The memorial site lies within it.

Spring-Summer, 1995: The well dresssing was designed and made by members of the local community.

Late Summer, 1995: After blessing by the local clergy the well dressing was displayed for a few days and was subsequently dismantled. It was photographed by Glyn Williams.

References
Christian, Roy; Well Dressing in Derbyshire; Derbyshire Countryside Ltd, 1996, ISBN 0 85100 121 1; p16: An illustration of the dressing.
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