Crosspool well dressing launch marks start of community festival

Residents watch a 51 bus pass the bus-themed well dressing outside Crosspool Tavern
Residents watch a 51 pass the bus-themed well dressing outside Crosspool Tavern

Local residents gathered this evening in the midsummer wind and sun to celebrate the unveiling of Crosspool’s new well dressing.

Frances Eccleston dedicates Crosspool well dressing
Frances Eccleston dedicates Crosspool well dressing

Festival chair and St. Columba’s priest-in-charge Frances Eccleston led the short dedication outside Crosspool Tavern.

This year’s well dressing celebrates the centenary of the bus service through Crosspool. 1913 saw the introduction of the first omnibus to carry passengers in Sheffield. It linked the tram terminus at Broomhill to Lodge Moor and the countryside.

The old fashioned term ‘omnibus’ is derived from Latin and literally means for all, to everywhere. This was presumably because for the first time a public service vehicle could travel on any road and was not restricted by tram lines.

The well dressing was created by volunteers
The well dressing was created by volunteers

Crosspool well dressing has been created by local volunteers and the materials provided by fund raising events and donations.

The dedication of the well dressing will be followed by a week of events in Crosspool celebrating the life of our community.

Thanks go to Valleyside Garden Centre and Ronaldo’s Hairdressing for their support in creating the well and Rivelin Valley Conservation Group Task Team for erecting the board.

The bus-themed Crosspool well dressing 2013
The bus-themed Crosspool well dressing 2013