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Peace (Lost)


Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a peace memorial well dressing at the Main Well, Great Barlow.
None currently available.
Last known location:
Main Well
Hackney La (B6051)
Great Barlow
Nearest postcode:
S18 7TR

SK 34490 74637
(From online digital mapping.)
Location details:
The parish church signboard clearly identifies the village as Great Barlow but maps and other references refer to it as just Barlow. The well is on the eastern side of the road opposite the junction with Wilkin Hill. This part of Hackney La is sometimes called Main St.
Overall type: Well dressing.

Overall condition: Lost.


A traditional temporary well dressing tableau made from flowers and other vegetation pressed into clay held in a wooden frame. The dressing was built on three sides of the village pump, the fourth side open to the road. The design included a column on each side, an arch spanning between the two columns and side panels displaying four tableaux.

The two columns contained sinuous vines in green, gold and yellow with a tree at the head of each, the left one labelled 1935, the right 1995. The year was also depicted in black roundels at the centre of the two columns, the left bearing 19 and the right bearing 95. The arch contained the inscription in white upright capital letters on a black ground, and at the apex was a badge with the motto For home and country.

The four tableaux each depicted a biblical scene including The Shepherd's Visit and Jesus Helping His Mother. The well dressing was displayed for a few days in 1995 and was subsequently dismantled.


Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Mosaic Plant material, clay c2000 c3000 c2000 Lost
Frame Wood c2000 c3000 c2000 Unknown
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict Peace Totals
Number died 0 0
Number served and returned 0 0
Total names 0 0
Custodian: Presumed to be the well dressing group.

Local authorities:
From 1974: Barlow Parish Council; North East Derbyshire District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
July 1979: The well lies within the Barlow Conservation Area first designated on that date.

7th July, 1989: The well was listed Grade II, Heritage List for England number 1087800.

August 1995: The dressing was made by the local community, blessed by the local clergy, displayed for a few days and then dismantled, the materials being salvaged for re-use..
Well Dressing in Derbyshire; Roy Christian; Derbyshire Countryside Ltd; 1996; ISBN 0 85100 121 1: p10 has a description and an illustration of the dressing.
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