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Memorial Title

War Horses (Lost)


Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a war memorial well dressing commemorating War Horses at Main Well, Market Place, Hartington, Derbyshire.

Setting Well dressing

Last known location:
Main Well
Market Pl
Nearest postcode:
SK17 0AW

SK 12815 60457
(From online digital mapping.)
Location details:
Against the pump on the traffic island on the eastern side of Market Pl at the junction with Church St.

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. The dressing comprised an upright oblong main panel recessed in an oblong frame and surmounted by a segmental pediment. The central panel depicted a soldier with a horse. An aeroplane flew overhead and several crosses stood in a field beyond. Two rows of red poppies edged the foot of the panel. The frame bore images of mounted soldiers at the sides with boots, horseshoes and numnahs at the top with the inscription in brown capital block lettering in a grey panel at the bottom. The pediment bore the date in yellow numbers on a blue ground.

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Mosaic Clay, plant material c2000 c1200 c50 Lost
Frame Wood c2000 c1200 c50 Unknown
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919)
(Animals in War)
Number died 0
Number served and returned 0
Total names 0

Custodian: Not known.

Local authorities:
Hartington Town Quarter Parish Council; Derbyshire Dales District Council; Derbyshire County Council.

Summer 2014: The memorial was planned, designed and constructed by members of the local community.

13th September, 2014: The memorial was blessed by the local clergy.

21st September, 2014: 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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