is unique in the way in which Wells are "dressed"
in some of its villages.
The making of bright, mosaic pictures out of flower petals,
leaves and other natural products of the earth pressed into
a bed of clay and the erecting of these screens near the wells
is a practice peculiar to this county.
The origin of the custom Well Dressing is shrouded in mystery
but the most likely theory is that it has developed from an
old pagan custom. All over the world in centuries past, sacrifices,
often animal or even human were made to the god - goddess of
water as a thank-offering for needs fulfilled or as an insurance
against drought or flood.