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Womens Land Army (Lost)

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a lost WW2 war memorial well dressing commemorating the work of the Womens Land Army, at the Swallow House Well, Hayfield, Derbyshire.
Well dressing memorial Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Last known location:
Swallow House Well
Swallow House La
Nearest postcode:
SK22 2HF

SK 03460 87207
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The well is on the south side of the road, 50m east of the junction with Wood Gardens.
Overall type: Well dressing Overall condition: Lost


A temporary well dressing tableau made from vegetation pressed into clay held in a wooden frame and comprising a triptych with a triangular pediment. The central panel depicted a woman wearing a red headscarf, in typical turban style of the time, and a blue shirt with her sleeves rolled up ready for hard work. In the background was a field of crops with gulls flapping above. The two side panels contained images of typical vegetables, and the pediment contained the red, green and gold badge of the Womens Land Army against a ground of yellow and gold radiating rays.
The well dressing was displayed from 1st to 8th July, 2018 and was subsequently dismantled.


Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Mosaic Plant material, clay c1800 c1800 c50 Lost
Frame Wood c1800 c1800 c50 Lost
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
We Can Do It!
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict Second World War (1939-1945) * Totals
Action Not stated
Number died 0 0
Number served and returned 0 0
Total names 0 0
* The Womens Land Army is generally considered to be a WW2 organisation, but its origin lies in WW1.
Custodian: Not known.

Local authorities:
From 1974: Hayfield Parish Council; High Peak Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History and Conservation
Spring 2018: The memorial well dressing was designed, constructed and erected by members of the local community.

1st July, 2018: The memorial was blessed by the local clergy.

1st July, 2018: The memorial was photographed by Glyn Williams

9th July, 2018: The dressing 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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