Sir Benjamin Stone, 'Tissington "Well Dressing". Derbyshire Reading Psalms at the "Coffin" Well. May 11th 1899.' Museum no. E.1957-2000

Sir Benjamin Stone, 'Tissington "Well Dressing". Derbyshire Reading Psalms at the "Coffin" Well. May 11th 1899.' Museum no. E.1957-2000

Sir Benjamin Stone
'Tissington "Well Dressing". Derbyshire Reading Psalms at the "Coffin" Well. May 11th 1899.'
Tissington, Derbyshire, England
1899
Platinum print
Museum no. E.1957-2000

The congregation gathers around a 'coffin' well decorated with flowers arranged in patterns to form texts from the Bible and other motifs. The ceremony takes place on Ascension Day, but it supposedly originates in an annual Roman festival of the spirits of streams.