Tissington Hall

As near perfection as you can get - except when teeming with people on a hot summer day. When approaching from the Ashbourne-Buxton road one enters gates guarded by a lodge at the head of a treelined avenue as if approaching a country house. Instead of a solitary manor house the drive leads to a whole community which seems to have grown haphazardly around the great house of the FitzHerberts. Tissington Hall is the focal point of the village and has been a seat of the FitzHerberts for half a millenium, though the present house is 17th century. It is not open to the public.

The church stands on high ground, a little removed from the scattered houses of the village and its wide thoroughfare. It contains many monuments to the FitzHerberts. Tissington is famous as being the mother-place of the ancient and mysterious ceremony of welldressing. It is known that wells were dressed here in 1350 but the custom probably dates from before the Romans. The ceremony takes place on Ascension Day each year and six wells are dressed and blessed.

Open: Tissington - All Year, Tissington Hall - Not Open to Public