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Memorial Title

Dunkirk (Temporary)

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a temporary war memorial well dressing, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the evacuation of Dunkirk, at Wingerworth, Derbyshire.
Images
Memorial Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Locations
Last known location:
Sheepwash
Hillhouses La
Wingerworth
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
S42 6RB

NGR:
SK 36943 67092
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The well dressing was on the north side of the road.
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 a horizontal oblong panel depicting a full colour scene of a harbour with a jetty and several small boats. At the head was a ribbon containing the inscription in brown upright capital lettering.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Mosaic Plant material. clay c900 c1800 c50 Lost
Frame Wood c900 c1800 c50 Unknown
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
THE SPIRIT OF DUNKIRK
1940
Conflicts and people named:
ConflictSecond World War (1939-1945)Totals
Action or eventEvacuation of Dunkirk
(Operation Dynamo)
(26 May-3 Jne 1940)
Number died00
Number served and returned00
Total names00
Administration
Custodian: Not known.

Local authorities:
From 1974: Wingerworth Parish Council; North East Derbyshire District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History and Conservation
Summer 2010: The dressing was designed and made by members of the local community.

7th August, 2010: The memorial was photographed by Glyn Williams

Early August, 2010: It was displayed for a few days then 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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