Well Dressing, Rushton

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Description:Saint Helen's Well, near the vicarage house at Rushton Marsh, was dressed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The tradition was resumed in the 1990s.

The ceremony of well dressing is peculiar to Derbyshire and neighbouring areas, such as the Staffordshire Moorlands. It takes place in many different villages between April and September, but many, including Newborough near Burton-upon-Trent, take place on or around May Day. Other Staffordshire villages with well dressing celebrations include Endon, Mayfield and Longnor.

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Donor ref:P2003.1.127 (37/12787)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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