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Women's Voluntary Service (WVS) (Lost)

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a lost WW2 war memorial well dressing commemorating the work of the former Women's Voluntary Service (WVS), at Wellsprings, Market Street, Hayfield, Derbyshire.
Well dressing memorial Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Last known location:
Market St
Nearest postcode:
SK22 2EP

SK 03695 87063
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The dressing was on the west face of Wellsprings, adjoining the Pack Horse Hotel..
Overall type: Well dressing Overall condition: Lost


A temporary well dressing tableau traditionally made from vegetation pressed into clay held in a wooden frame, but today often including pebbles, chippings, beads, fabric etc. The dressing comprised a square depiction of a version of the WVS badge of the original WW2 Women's Volunteer Service, mainly in red, white, green and cream.
The well dressing was displayed from 1st to 8th July, 2018 and was subsequently dismantled.


Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Mosaic Plant material, stone, clay c1200 c1200 c50 Lost
Frame Wood c1200 c1200 c50 Lost
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
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 Women's Voluntary Service was founded in 1938 as a civil defence organisation and lasted in its original form until 1966.
Custodian: Lorna Young and the Ride for Charlie Team.

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 by Lorna Young and constructed by the Ride for Charlie Team.

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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