Brief History

Well Dressing is an ancient custom, dating back to Roman and Celtic times, when communities would dress wells to give thanks for fresh water supplies.
This tradition, started in Tissington in 1340, continues today in many towns and villages throughout the Peak District of Derbyshire.

 2018 Well Dressings

St Ann’s Well Dressing commemorates 200 years since the birth of Emily Bronte. Photo courtesy John Jansen.
Well Dressings on display from Sunday 8th till Monday 16th July.
Blessing Service and Procession Sunday 8th July. 
Carnival Day Saturday 14th July.

Welcome to Buxton Well Dressing website.

Buxton Well Dressing and Carnival is celebrated each year during the first two weeks of July. In 2018 it will be 178 years since the tradition first started in Buxton.

These events could not happen in Buxton without the great community support we receive. We could always use the help of a few more willing volunteers, if you could spare just a couple of hours please get in touch.

History of Buxton Well Dressing

In 1840 residents of Higher Buxton were overjoyed when fresh water arrived at the Market Place Fountain. As thanks to the Duke’s workmen local people arranged a floral dressing and tea party accompanied by Brass Bands and dancing children.

That is how Buxton Well Dressing and Carnival Parade began, a custom that continues today and thrives as a wonderful part of Buxton’s illustrious heritage.

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