Barlow 'Small' Well

August 15th - 22nd 2012


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The Small Well is also known locally as the Childrens Well, as it was once the well that was dressed by local children, it was first dressed in 1915 by Erle Kingston. Two of the current dressers are Kingston men who 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 picture on the middle well this year is to celebrate the life and work of the famous children’s author Kenneth Grahame who died 80 years ago in 1932. His most famous book is probably “ The Wind in the Willows “ which features the much loved characters Toad, Mole , Ratty and Badger and describes their many adventures.

His characters have delighted children everywhere.

This year the money raised from donations will go to Air Ambulance, British Heart Foundation and local Church.

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.