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Centenary of WW1 (Lost)


Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a war memorial well dressing at the Main Well, Great Barlow commemorating the centenary of WW1.
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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 and comprising a recessed central panel with shallow pointed arch top with two tall side panels.

The central panel depicted a battlefield scene at the centre, with an infantryman carrying a wounded comrade. On the left was a scene of rural England with a horse ploughing a field while the contrasting scene to the right was of a war cemetery with a group of infantrymen in the distance beyond rows of white crosses. The two side panels and a border to the arch contained red poppies and a white inscription against a black ground.

The dressing also bears a small badge at the head commemorating the centenary of the Girl Guide movement.

The well dressing was displayed for a few days in August 2014 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.
1914  1914


20  14
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.

July-August 2014: The dressing was planned, designed and made by the local community.

13th August, 2014: The dressing was blessed by the local clergy.

14th August, 2014: The dressing was displayed for a few days and then dismantled, the materials being salvaged for re-use..
Information and photograph contributed by Glyn Williams of Well
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