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Memorial Title

War Horse (Lost)

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a lost WW1 war memorial well dressing commemorating the war horse, at the Methodist Church of St John, Hayfield, Derbyshire.
Images
Well dressing memorial Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Locations
Last known location:
Methodist Church of St John
New Mills Rd (A6015)
Hayfield
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
SK22 2EX

NGR:
SK 03582 86834
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
On the west side of the church.
Type
Overall type: Well dressing Overall condition: Lost


Description:

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 central panel depicted a riderless horse on the battlefield, startled by a nearby explosion. The volets each contained three small images contrasting between the two sides: top to bottom they comprised a countryside scene and a battlefield scene; a farmer and a soldier; a farm wagon and an artillery piece. All of the images were in natural colours and the inscription was in upright capital block lettering; white on a red ground on the pediment and black on a pale pink ground on the frieze.
The well dressing was displayed from 11th to 14th July, 2014 and was subsequently dismantled.

Glossary
Components:

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.
Inscription
2014
SAINT JOHN'S
WAR HORSE
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Totals
Action Not stated
Number died 0 0
Number served and returned 0 0
Total names 0 0
Administration
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 2014: The memorial well dressing was designed, constructed and erected by members of the Methodist Church of St John.

11th July, 2014: The memorial was blessed by the local clergy and photographed by Glyn Williams.

15th July, 2014: 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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