Keeping the well dressing tradition alive in Buxton

Buxton Community School pupils at work on one of the panels for the Childrens' Well. Emily Manning, Katie Gill, Sally Benjamin, Aaron Lowe and Lauren Mears.
Buxton Community School pupils at work on one of the panels for the Childrens' Well. Emily Manning, Katie Gill, Sally Benjamin, Aaron Lowe and Lauren Mears.

HELPING to continue the ancient art of well dressing are pupils at Buxton Community School.

Each year a team of students compete to design, and then help to create, the three boards that make up the Children’s Well situated in Spring Gardens.

Designer of the Buxton Well Dressings Christine Gould. The ladies are working on the top panel of the Market Place Well

Designer of the Buxton Well Dressings Christine Gould. The ladies are working on the top panel of the Market Place Well

The theme this year was famous artists, with each board designed to incorporate a particular style.

The students joined the team of volunteers who spend three days making the main well boards at St John’s Church.

This year the designs for the Market Place Well and St Ann’s Well have again been created by Christine Gould with members of Buxton Brownies and Guides taking a leading role in the design for St Ann’s Well.

The Market Place Well commemorates the 150 anniversaries of two Buxton Churches: St Anne’s Roman Catholic Church and Christ Church in Burbage. St Ann’s Well celebrates the 400th anniversary of the King James version of the Bible.

The designs are created using only natural materials including flower petals, leaves and moss, which are pressed into clay.