A FARMER who has been involved in Tissington’s celebrated well dressing festival most of his life has compiled a new book, which chronicles the tradition’s history over the last 177 years.
Chris Carr, who farms in Tissington where he has lived all his life, began gathering together old photographs of well dressings many years ago and, when he retired, called in to the records office in Matlock to marry up the un-dated pictures with references in the local press at the time.
The records took him back as far as 1823, when his book begins, and archives of the Ashbourne News, Ashbourne Telegraph and Ashbourne News Telegraph at Ashbourne Library helped him complete the list from 1891 to 2000.
The book lists all the well dressings over the period and will be on sale at Tissington Well Dressings in May.
To find out more or to order a copy call Mr Carr on 01335 390342.