Yesterday was remarkable in that it was a day without rain. We dropped into the pretty village of Ashford in the Water in Derbyshire on our way to meet up with friends at the nearby village of Great Longstone where we had lunch at the White Lion Inn.
Ashford was busy with visitors along its colourful and welcoming bunting festooned streets. Holy Trinity church had a flower festival but first we visited a couple of the well dressings in the centre of the village.
This smaller one was at the top of Fennel street opposite the car park. It is known as top pump well. Well Dressings feature in many Derbyshire Villages throughout the summer. This is an ancient tradition the origin of which is unknown. Some sources think the tradition stems from a pagan ceremony of thanking the gods for the gift of water. Others that it may have been started in the 14th century after the Black Death when people made thanks for clean, fresh water.
The well dressings are constructed upon a background of a clay board and decorated with seasonal and local flower petals, leaves and other organic natural materials.
above commemorates 70 years of National Parks and shows walkers crossing
the River Dove using the famous stepping stones at Dove Dale.
More details of the walkers crossing the River Dove.
The theme of the church Flower Festival was 'Out and About in the Peak District.' All aspects of life, work and activities for visitors were portrayed in some wonderful and imaginative displays. I didn't get to photograph all the displays as the church was busy and some were in dark corners but here are a few.
Rambling by Sarah Winkworth-Smith. The Peak District is the birthplace of rambling following the mass trespass on Kinder Scout in 1932.
Camping by Hilary Bartlett
Arkwright's Mill by Janine Frost
Stately Homes - Haddon Hall by Angela Warren. There was also a display for Chatsworth House but it was right under a window flooded with light and my photo didn't turn out well.
Cycling by Hannah Gregory-Campeau
Village Cricket by Jan Gibson
Hospitality by Rachel Kaunhoven
All names, dates and notes taken from the Flower Festival leaflet produced by Holy Trinity Church, Ashford in the Water.
Here is a little more about the Well Dressings from the church website - link.