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Memorial Title

Women War Artists (Lost)

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a lost war memorial well dressing commemorating the work of women war artists, at Bank St, Hayfield, Derbyshire.
Images
Well dressing memorial Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Locations
Last known location:
Bank St
Hayfield
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
SK22 2EQ

NGR:
SK 03772 86996
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The dressing was on the north side of Bank St, at the eastern well in the retaining wall adjacent to Kinder Rd..
Type
Overall type: Well dressing Overall condition: Lost


Description:

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 an upright oblong panel depicting a woman in a blue uniform, standing at an easel and with paint pallette in her hand, and with a background scene of war-ravaged woodland.
The well dressing was displayed from 1st to 8th July, 2018 and was subsequently dismantled.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Mosaic Plant material, stone, clay c1000 c750 c50 Lost
Frame Wood c1000 c750 c50 Unknown
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
[None]
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict Not stated * Totals
Action Not stated
Number died 0 0
Number served and returned 0 0
Total names 0 0
* During WW1 about thirteen unofficial artists, two of whom were women, produced paintings, photographs or other works of art. A much greater number were officially employed during WW2.
Administration
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.
References
Comments
Well dressing details are available from the welldressing.com site run by Glyn Williams.

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