MAY DAY BANK HOLIDAY 24th - 26th May 2014
Well Dressing is a Peak District tradition, in which wells are decorated with natural materials, such as flower petals, moss, fruit skins and seeds; to create fantastic designs.
Wirksworth has celebrated the once Pagan custom since 1827, to celebrate the first piped water into the town. It continues today as a unique spectacle for locals and visitors and involves many groups, schools, churches and individuals.
It is believed Well Dressing began, as a Pagan custom to make sacrifice to water Gods. People believed that without this sacrifice, the water would no longer flow and lead to famine.
For centuries, human and animal sacrifice was made, thankfully over time these traditions ended and were replaced with garlands and branches being draped over the wells.
Today, each year Wells are hosted in various places around the town and much more intricately designed than in Pagan times!
Special Thanks goes to Margaret Pearson, organiser of the Well Dressings.