One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The decoration of wells with flowers at Whitsuntide, especially in Derbyshire, as an ancient custom originally associated with the belief in water deities.
- ‘The annual well dressing in Gee Cross, near Hyde, has been a huge success since it was staged in 2000 for the first time in more than 100 years.’
- ‘The Severn Valley Country Park ran an evening a while back to teach the ancient activity of well dressing.’
- ‘The process of well dressing is begun by filling the wooden frames with wet clay.’
- ‘Thirdly, it is thought the well dressing helped to prevent outbreaks of plague.’
- ‘The practice of well dressing is continued in many places in the Peak District with a succession of different villages dressing their wells between the end of May and early September.’
- ‘The unique tradition of well dressing in Derby Market Place was marked with the blessing ceremony by the Bishop of Derby.’
- ‘The activity of well dressing involves the preparation of a display of flowers, seeds and other natural materials on a bed of clay set in an artistic frame.’
- ‘Visit our well dressing information page to view one of our well dressings in more detail and to see how it was made.’
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