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Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA) (Lost)

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a lost WW2 war memorial well dressing commemorating the work of the Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA), at the Methodist Church of St John, Hayfield, Derbyshire.
Well dressing memorial Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Last known location:
Methodist Church of St John
New Mills Rd (A6015)
Nearest postcode:
SK22 2EX

SK 03582 86834
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
On the west side of the church.
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 shallow triangular pediment and with a frieze at the base. The three panels depicted a contiguous scene of swallows (blue birds) over the white cliffs of Dover with Vera Lynn in army uniform standing by a railway carriage - a song, singer and scenes which epitomise the cheerrful wartime spirit promoted by the Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA). All of the images were in natural colours with blues and white dominating the background. The inscription was in black upright capital lettering on the pediment, and black sentence case lettering against the red ground of the frieze. 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 c1500 c50 Lost
Frame Wood c1800 c1500 c50 Lost
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
We'll Meet Again
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
Custodian: Presumed to be the members of the Methodist Church of St John

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 Methodist Church of St John.

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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