Barlow 'Small' Well

August 13th - 20th 2008

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The ‘Small’ well, which was opposite the Hare and Hounds on Commonside until 1995 when it was moved to it’s present site next to the Chapel. 

The Small Well is also known locally as the Children’s Well, as it was once the well that was dressed by local children.  Two of the current dressers began dressing the well as young boys; their skills were passed down to them by their father and grandfather.


The Small well-dressers and trustees meet together early in the year to discuss and decide on the theme for the picture.  The theme chosen for the Small Well is usually a topical one and this year the picture celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first appearance of Paddington Bear.


This year the money raised from donations will go to the children's ward at Chesterfield Hospital.

As with the other two Barlow wells, the Small Well is dressed in situ, using only whole flower heads, hydrangea being a favourite flower often used for the sky. 


Next theme to be chosen for the Small Well?  Watch this space – or better still come and see for yourself.