Wednesday, 17 July 2013

ABC Wednesday: A is for Arnold Hill Well

Although well-dressing is a custom mostly confined to Derbyshire, it can be seen in adjacent counties too. Well dressing celebrations were held regularly in Gee Cross from the 1820s until 1878. The custom was revived by the local Women's Institute in 2000.

Arnold Hill Well was dressed by the children of Gee Cross Holy Trinity Primary School who considered how lucky they were compared to people in poorer countries and created a jigsaw depicting the importance of "Making it fair and showing that we care".

Two more photographs of Arnold Hill Well are on Hyde DP Xtra.

Information and 16 photographs of this year's event can be found at Gee Cross Well Dressing 2013.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday.


  1. This is amazing! Not only the dressing, but also that the children learned a lot about the conditions in other countries and appreciation for their own.

    abcw team

  2. That is a great message there.

  3. My husband's Wireless Operator during WW2 came from Gee Cross and we visited there on a Squadron Reunion in 1985, but unfortunately not at the time of the Well Dressing, although we learned all about it at that time.
    A wonderful tradition....

  4. Neat image, great message!