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Memorial Title

Lend a Hand on the Land (Lost)


Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a war memorial well dressing at the Main Well, Great Barlow commemorating the Lend a Hand on the Land campaign during WW2.
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Last known location:
Small Well
Millcross La
Great Barlow
Nearest postcode:
S18 7TA

SK 33993 75385
(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 church is on the northern side of Millcross La in a short length of old road bypassed by the newer Valley Road. The well is within the church grounds, just west of the building.
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 horizontal oblong panel with frieze above.

The main panel depicted a scene of rural England with various farming activities being carried out by women. The frieze bore the inscription in white mixed case roman lettering against a black ground.


Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Mosaic Plant material, clay c2000 c2000 c2000 Lost
Frame Wood c2000 c2000 c2000 Unknown
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Lend A Hand On The Land

1939        2014
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict WW2 (1939-1945) Totals
Action Lend a Hand on the Land campaign.
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-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
The Lend a Hand on the Land campaign began early in the war and was aimed at encouraging everyone suitable to help out with farming activities in order to improve food production. Although often associated with the Women's Land Army (resurrected from its WW1 origins) the campaign was really aimed at a much wider audience.

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