Tissington Well Dressing
26th May – Tissington has its Well Dressing Day where for centuries it has been custom on Ascension Day to dress the five wells of the village, Yew Tree Well, Hall Well, Hands Well, Coffin Well and Town Well. In 1982 the Children’s Well was introduced and has been part of th eceremony ever since.
The origins of the well dressing is unclear, though it is thought that Tissington may have dressed it’s wells around 1348 in thanks surviving the Black Death which claimed so many lives. The clean waters of the wells was considered a contributing factor to their survival and hence they gave thanks.