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Memorial Title

Centenaries of WW1 and RAF (Temporary)

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a temporary war memorial well dressing, commemorating the end of WW1 and the centenary of the RAF, at Heath, Derbyshire.
Images
Setting Memorial Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Locations
Last known location:
Roadside
Main Rd
Heath
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
S44 5RX

NGR:
SK 44732 66971
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The well dressing was in the drive just south of the Thatched Cottage.
Type
Overall type: Well dressing Overall condition: Temporary


Description:

A temporary Derbyshire well dressing display traditionally made from flowers and other vegetation pressed into clay held in a wooden frame but now often utilising stones, beads, fabric etc. The dressing comprised an upright oblong frame with a recessed central panel which bore a scene of a WW1 infantryman standing with reversed arms by a battlefield grave, with a setting sun in the background. The two side borders bore images of several aircraft including an Avro Vulcan in Cold War low-level camouflage, a grey WW2 barrage balloon, a WW2 Spitfire in low level camuflage, a Hawker Siddeley Nimrod in grey reconnaisance livery, a WW1 biplane and a Westland Sea King helicopter in yellow rescue livery, all against a blue ground. The top and bottom borders bore the inscription in grey upper case capital block lettering with RAF 100 roundels at the top and red poppies at the bottom, all on a black ground.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Mosaic Plant material. clay c1800 c1000 c50 Lost
Frame Wood c1800 c1000 c50 Unknown
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
LEST WE FORGET
HEATH 2018
Conflicts and people named:
ConflictFirst World War (1914-1919)Non specific military unit.Totals
Action or eventNot statedNot stated
Number died000
Number served and returned000
Total names000
Administration
Custodian: Not known.

Local authorities:
From 1974: Heath and Holmewood Parish Council; North East Derbyshire District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History and Conservation
Summer 2018: The dressing was designed and made by members of the local community.

21st July, 2018: The memorial was blessed by the local clergy.

21st July, 2018: The memorial was photographed by Glyn Williams.

29th July, 2018: The memorial was dismantled and the components salvaged for future use.
References
Further details about well dressings may be found at welldressing.com run by Glyn Williams.
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