Photographer's Note

During a rather wet but very enjoyable TE meeting in Buxton (Peak District) we met this 'lady' in Tissington.

Tissington is a very quaint old village near to Ashbourne. The village has been the home of the FitzHerbert family for over 400 years. Some of the members of the TE group visited Tissington Hall which is the splendid Jacobean residence of the FitzHerbert family. The rest of us walked around the village in the rain. It was celebrating its annual 'well dressing' event (shown in WS). The wells of Derbyshire are decorated with flowers and other materials as a way of giving thanks to God for the gift of water. However, the origins of the festival are probably pagan.

Tissington largely escaped the plague of the 17th century by quarantining themselves in the village. The plague, brought from London, decimated many local villages such as Eyam.

The TE meeting was also attended by willperrett, mjw364, royaldevon, lenoland, Tyro, CLODO and Tigerlily. They were wonderful company so the poor weather didn't matter much.

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