Tideswell Tales

Voices and Pictures from Tideswell and Litton's recent past

Church Street in Wakes Week

“The photos show a house (now called Evelyn House) and the adjacent Old Post Office, in Church Street Tideswell decorated for the Well Dressing & Wakes Week celebrations which are held in June to commemorate St. John the Baptist. The plaques are made of a wire-netting frame with crepe paper pushed through to incorporate a pattern. The only trouble was once it rained it was spoilt! Nowadays coloured carrier-bags are used”.

We now know the lady in the first picture is Annie Brocklehurst (nee Haworth) thanks to a member of the Tideswell Local History Club who were looking though some of our photographs at their supper last week.

Can anyone help us put a date to these photos?

The photo is shown with the kind permission of Mrs Sylvia Finley (nee Brocklehurst)

We now have some more information on the photo above from Helen Middleton.
HM1Helen has sent us this photograph of herself, her brother and younger sister taken outside the same shop during Wakes Week, decorated in a similar style and dated on the reverse 1961.


And here is another photo from Helen of the shops during a different Wakes Week where as well as the crepe paper decorations they have window boxes planted with colourful flowers which she is watering. She would date this to be about 1956/7.

To see more from Helen


About Bill Bevan

Bill Bevan is an archaeologist, writer, photographer and heritage interpreter.

One comment on “Church Street in Wakes Week

  1. Tideswellman
    March 25, 2014

    Reblogged this on A Tideswell Man's Weblog and commented:
    Fantastic Tideswell Wakes week Post from the Tideswell Tales Blog.

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