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Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (Lost)

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a lost war memorial well dressing commemorating the work of the former Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service, at Watery Hey Well between Valley Rd and Spring Vale Rd, Hayfield, Derbyshire.
Well dressing memorial Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Last known location:
Watery Hey Well
Footpath adjacent to
 1 Springfield Terr
Valley Rd
Nearest postcode:
SK22 2LT

SK 04004 86737
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The dressing was on the east side of the footpath between Spring Vale Rd and Valley Rd.
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 panel surmounted by an oblong panel and pediment. The main panel depicted a scene inside a makeshift hospital in a vaulted hall with Union Flags and Scottish Saltires suspended from the ceiling and nurses tending patients in the foreground, all in reds, blues, white, greys and browns. The pediment portrayed a nurse in white and grey dress standing before a red cross, with a brown battle-scarred landscape behind, and the oblong panel bore the date at the centre, in white numerals, and a form of winged 'QA' badge in yellow to each side, all on a blue ground.
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 c2000 c1500 c50 Lost
Frame Wood c2000 c1500 c50 Lost
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict Non-specific
military unit. *
Action Not stated
Number died 0 0
Number served and returned 0 0
Total names 0 0
* The Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service was founded in 1902 as a unit of the British Army and existed until it became a corps in 1949 and was renamed the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps.
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 and constructed 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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