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Memorial Title

Women War Artists (Lost)

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

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..
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 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.


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.
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.
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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