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There's a very old tradition in lots of villages in Derbyshire. Because of the limestone that most of them are built on, they have underground springs and wells.

Every year the villagers spend several weeks working together to create decorations for these wells, which are displayed for anything up to ten days. Someone very clever designs a lovely image, and a team of people transfer this image to a large board, using clay and flower petals. Each petal is individually placed into the clay to create the final design.

They are magical!

This one is from Wormhill: "Our subject this year is the beautiful Parish Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Mottram-in-Longendale, also known as the Cathedral of East Cheshire." This was chosen because of a long association of the two churches whereby the Mottram people have long donated hydrangea flowers for the Wormhill people to incorporate into their dressing design.
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Sep 07 2009 21:20 GMT MargNZ
This is beautiful and I love the tradition that is carried on from each generation :)