Blessing of the Wells

Wells will be completed and on show to all on Wednesday 11th August. Professional photos will be available again as usual to buy as a keepsake of this special year.

There will be a service at 6.30pm in the 12th Century Norman Church of St Lawrence followed by a procession through the village, led by the Castleton Silver Band, during which the three Wells and Fair will be blessed. Call in to The Peacock for a drink and a bite to eat before joining the parade through the village. 

The Main Well (opposite The Peacock) is erected around the old pump, dating back to  1840. It is in the form of triptych (arranging three screens in one display) reputed to based on the famous triptych in Chatsworth House.

The tradition of Well Dressing dates back to 1615, when the village well continued to give water freely in spite of a drought. In Barlow we dress our Wells using the whole flower heads and not petals as in the rest of Derbyshire. The dressing of the Wells is done in position. Elsewhere, the completed panels are brought to the Wells.

The Commonside Well on Valley Road opposite The Tickled Trout and the Small Well on Millcross Lane (near the Methodist Church) are all dressed. Proceeds from the Collecting Box and sales of postcards will go to charities. Find out more about Well Dressing here.

Maypole Dancing

On the village green there will be a display of Maypole Dancing.


The Tickled Trout will be open and serving a range of drinks and food.