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Start of WW1 (Temporary)

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a temporary war memorial well dressing commemorating the start of WW1, at Eyam, Derbyshire.
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Last known location:
Nearest postcode:
S32 5QF

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.
Overall type: Well dressing. Overall condition: Lost.


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 recessed square main panel surrounded by smaller panels and surmounted by a frieze and a segmental pediment flanked by a pair of finials with roundels.
The main panel depicted a stone cross bearing a sword of peace and flanked by two blocks bearing parts of the inscription. Above it a horizontal panel portrayed rows of grave markers in a military cemetery flanked by small panels containing military badges. At each side were images of soldiers with reversed arms standing with bowed heads. Along the foot were further grave markers and military badges. All of the principal panels had a predominantly blue background.
The pediment and frieze contained the main inscription in dark upright sentence case lettering on a brown ground. The two finials carried red poppies.


Well dressingClay, plant materialc3000c3000 c50Lost
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Conflicts and people named:
ConflictWorld War 1 (1914-1919)Totals
Action or eventStart (28th July, 1914)
Number died00
Number served and returned00
Total names00
Greater love
has no man than this,
that he lay down his life
for his friends John.15.v.13.
1914 100 Years of Remembrance 2014
Main panel:
They shall 
grow not
old as we
that are
left grow
At the going
down of the
sun and in the
morning we
will remember
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.

Sping-Summer, 2014: The well dresssing was designed and made by members of the local community.

23rd August, 2014: The well dressing was displayed and subsequently blessed by the local clergy. It was also photographed by Glyn Williams.

30th August, 2014: The well dressing was removed from display and subsequently dismantled.
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