SJ9593 : Gee Cross Well Dressing 2017: Waiting at the Grapes

taken 1 year ago, near to Gee Cross, Tameside, Great Britain

Gee Cross Well Dressing 2017: Waiting at the Grapes
Gee Cross Well Dressing 2017: Waiting at the Grapes

In 2017 there were eight displays at seven locations around the village. Verses from the hymn "Eternal Father Strong To Save" were sung at the blessing of each well. The words of the hymn "O hear us when we cry to thee/ For those in peril on the sea" reflect the theme used for three of the wells which celebrate the work of the RNLI.

The procession led by Denton Brass Band has gone up Joel Lane. Those not following the procession are waiting outside the Grapes for their return. Booths Well on Wych Fold will be the last of the wells to be blessed.
Gee Cross Well Dressing
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.

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Well Dressing 2011: LinkExternal link
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Well-Dressing 2013: LinkExternal link
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Sunday, 9 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 11 July, 2017
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Gee Cross 
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