Well dressing / well flowering is a custom practised in the North of England in which wells, springs or streams and fountains are decorated with designs created from natural materials. The custom is usually found Derbyshire, E. Cheshire and Staffordshire.
The origins of the tradition are believed to lie in pagan tradition or in giving thanks for the purity of the water drawn from certain wells during the period of the Black Death. It has been said to have originated in Derbyshire in 1349.
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