Monday, 20 July 2015

Gee Cross Well Dressing: 150 Years of the Salvation Army

Last week I showed you Booth's Well. This week I bring you Ralph Fold Well.

Gee Cross Methodist Church stands on land which was once part of Ralph Fold. The farm's well was located behind the present building. Their contribution to the 2015 Well Dressing celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Salvation Army.

Although well-dressing is a custom mostly confined to Derbyshire, it can be seen in adjacent counties too. Well dressing celebrations were held regularly in Gee Cross from the 1820s until 1878. The custom was revived by the local Women's Institute in 2000.

For photographs from earlier years and links to more information about well dressing see this link.

A contribution to Monday Murals and Blue Monday.


  1. The Salvation Army has done so much good over those years. Happy Anniversary to them.

  2. I had to google well dressing, learned something new today and so early in the morning.
    I really like this Sally Ann (as we call Salvation Army in Canada) mural.

  3. You can always count on the Salvation Army to show some blue!

    Broken Bits of Blue

  4. Hi Gerald,

    I've never heard of well dressing. Interesting! I have always admired the Salvation Army.

    Thanks for playing today.

    Happy Blue Monday!

  5. Most interesting and informative post.

  6. Fascinating colors in the sign and informative post.

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  7. The Army does so much good work!

  8. They do a whole lot of good in the world.

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  10. Sorry for the computer snafus as I tried to leave a comment, Gerald. Isn't well dressing usually done with flowers? And this one? Looks like marshmallows to me, and that can't be right. But the message is great. Imagine 150 years of building up lives and saving souls. Thanks for contributing to this week's Monday Mural.

    1. Traditionally flower petals are pushed into a clay filled wooden frame to create images. However this is both too expensive (all those flowers and clay) and too time consuming for a small group of people. So our church (Gee Cross Methodist) has developed a method using 'silk'flower petals. I can see they could look like marsh mallows in the photograph. The petals we used are about an inch square so a similar size. :)


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